Spring has sprung. While there are many ways to get out there to enjoy the weather, one of my favorites is biking. Because many of us have been on our bicycles since we were adolescents, we often overlook the benefits offered from two wheels, pieces of metal, and a chain. While there are numerous benefits to using this excellent machine, we’re going to look at
It’s a Nice Day
Studies show that a simple bike ride, at approximately 10 mph, can burn up to 280 calories per hour. That’s providing you with relaxation and fitness at the same time, which makes it a Win, Win! Grab your Polar RCX3 BIKE Heart Rate Monitor to keep track of your distance, cadence, and more.
It’s a Great Means of Transportation
Biking is a great means of transportation, and is environmentally friendly. Not only are you getting in a great physical workout, and playing your part in saving the planet, you’re also saving money! Gas, car insurance, and maintenance fees can be quite expensive. Grabbing your helmet and peddling is looking much more attractive isn’t it?
Increase Muscle Tone
Cycling is one of the few physical activities, with a low risk of over exercising, and great for your muscle tone. Making cycling a part of your normal routine increases mobility in the hips and knees, and is a great toner for your legs, thighs, and butt.
Improves Heart Health
Riding a bike can have great positive impact on your heart’s health. Studies show that biking an average of 20 miles per week can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by up to 50%. That’s enough incentive to get me on my bike any day. Pick up a Garmin Edge 810 Cycling Computer, and track your distance.
Reduce the Risk of Some Cancers
Studies have shown that cycling can reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer. Other evidence also suggests that cycling regularly can reduce the risks of breast cancer. A simple three to six hours of riding each week can help prolong your life. Are you ready to get rolling yet?
Lower Diabetes Risk
Biking is turning out to be not only a fun way to exercise but it also provides you with more benefits. According to research performed in Finland, people who cycle for 30 minutes or more each day had a 40% reduced risk of developing diabetes. Are you beginning to see the trend here?
Cycling strengthens bones and improves balance. Because it is a low-impact exercise, biking can also be a great exercise for those with osteoarthritis, although it will not prevent this disease, it can help make you more mobile.
Riding a bike is a great way to spend some time with the one you love. If you think about it, it can actually be fun and/or romantic. It’s all what you to make it. Just remember, exercise helps to release good hormones. After that long ride, you two will probably feel really warm and fuzzy towards each other.
Now that you know what you’ve been missing, it’s time to grab your bicycle and get to riding. Plan a date, or do a couple of blocks with the kids or friends. If you’re an experienced cyclist, grab a Garmin Edge 810 Cycling Computer Performance and Navigation Bundle and put yourself to new challenges or let it be your training guide to your next marathon victory!