If you’re looking for innovative and fun ways to get in shape, consider taking up bike riding. Not only is it inexpensive, it can be done virtually anywhere, (outdoors) and doesn’t cost a fortune. There’s never been a better time to start riding a bike. It’s become more socially acceptable to bike to work instead of driving, and with communities looking for ways to encourage people to get out of their cars, have started implementing more bike-friendly roads, paths and trails. Here are 7 reasons to start riding your bike, so you can leave your car in the garage.
It’s easier on your legs, knees, ankles and feet than running: Biking gets your heart pumping and your legs moving without the stress on your joints that running can give you. Running can eventually take its toll on the body. Biking, on the other hand, is an activity that has a much lower impact on the legs, knees and feet. Even rough terrain will be easier on your joints than the high impact of running.
It’s Cheaper than driving: Even if you invest on high class bike, buy the most expensive accessories and choose the best quality helmet, you will still spend less money than driving a car. When you factor in gas prices, parking, insurance, maintenance and other miscellaneous costs, biking is a much cheaper option. Consider the stress of sitting in traffic on your morning commute, and you have a great reason to swap your 4-wheel ride for a 2-wheel. And you can’t get in shape sitting behind a steering wheel!
It can reduce stress: For years, scientific research has been telling us that exercise can beat stress. Bike riding is a great form of exercise, and can help keep you calm and active at the same time. It’s also worth noting that bike commuters have reported lower levels of stress than their car driving and mass transit using counterparts. Far more cyclist commuters report enjoying their daily commute, as opposed to people who drive or use transit, who dread the thought of sitting in traffic.
You’ll be reducing your carbon footprint: No one has ever complained about bikes being bad for the environment. A recent study showed that almost half of Americans live less than 5 miles away from where they work. That’s only a 20 minute bike ride, one way. Communities are catching up to the demand of cyclists, and adding bike lanes to the roads; generally they are making the roads more bike-friendly.
It Can be a Great social outing: Grab some friends and go for a bike ride to a local restaurant or on a trail, or just wherever your wheels take you! Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks, and go for an entire afternoon. Not only will you get some great exercise and burn calories, but you will have a great time with friends as well.
It is a fun family activity: A family that rides together, stays together! Biking as a family is a great way to be a role model to your kids and show them that physical activity is a vital part of life. You will instill healthy habits that will last for a lifetime.
You’ll look and feel great: A one-hour bike ride can burn a whopping 400 calories! A ride in the fresh air can brighten up your day, and help you handle all of those challenges that you face every day. You’ll not only feel great, you’ll look great too. There is no need to join a gym when you have a bike at your disposal!