Cycling is one of the best activities for weight loss, stress reduction (it’s also a low-stress workout :-)) and general fitness. The great thing about it is that ANYONE with a bike and helmet can partake – from toddlers to seniors; and it can be easily squeezed into your daily routine. Bike to work; run errands, or better yet; spend quality family time healthy biking through your local neighborhood park or bike trail.
Plus, cycling puts less stress on your joints than running or walking, which is part of the reason why anyone can do it. You can burn a lot of calories depending on how fast you’re going, ex: a 200 lb person going less than 10mph (pleasure riding) for 30 minutes burns 182 calories! With light effort, at 10-12mph, the same person burns 273 calories. Calculate how many calories you can burn at whatever speed you choose here. And ladies, cyclists are known for their killer legs; it tones your legs muscles to perfection! It’s the best form of transportation that saves you money while protecting the environment.
More and more people are biking for these reasons, especially in big cities where bike-share programs are a huge success. Some cities are staying in sync with the rising demand by expanding bike lanes. Cities in Texas – the state with an infamous reputation for having one of the highest obesity rates in the nation (two thirds of its population is clinically obese or overweight)– are developing initiatives like bike lane expansions to make roads safer for cyclists and encourage people to bike everywhere. It’s embracing healthy communities and increased quality of life for its residents. Go Texas!
Grab your bike (dust it off if you have to :-)) and bike your way to a fitter, less stressed, and healthier you!