Cities across the U.S. are adding new bicycle lanes for environmental benefits. Along with saving the planet, riding a bike is an effective workout to roll you into shape. Have to take a trip to the store for one or two items? Why not save the gas and ride a bike instead of driving? You won’t get stuck in traffic and are guaranteed a front row parking space. Riding a bike makes you feel good. When you pedal to your destination you will arrive feeling more relaxed, energized and content. Being on a bike is just plain fun, but it’s also one of the best all-around activities for improving health.
A few of the major benefits are:
It’s easy. You don’t need any special skills and you can ride almost anywhere.
Muscle tone and strength. Cycling strengthens leg muscles and improves muscle tone in legs, thighs, rear end and hips.
Burn approx. 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for a steady 30 minutes every day, you would burn 11 pounds of fat in a year.
Cardiovascular benefits reduce the risk of heart disease. Biking is not a weight bearing activity so it’s easier on your joints because there’s less stress on the knees, ankles and spine than there is with running or walking.
Whether you ride for fun, as a mode of transportation, or for health benefits, always remember safety first, wear a helmet and proper equipment.
"Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein