Days are getting longer.  Evenings are getting warmer. It's perfect time to get out your bike from the garage!

You already know that physical activity is good for your health.  What's so special about biking?

5 Reasons to Bike

  1. Build Strength and Muscle Tone:  Biking is especially good for strengthening the muscles in your lower body... especially the muscles around your joints.  That's what makes it such a great, low-impact activity
  2. Burn Calories: As you get in better shape, you'll find it is easier to stay on the bike longer.  Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour.  If you only cycle 30 minutes a day, that adds up to 11 pounds of fat in a year!
  3. Improve Your Heart Health: According to the British Medical Association, cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%. A major study of 10,000 civil servants suggested that those who cycled 20 miles over the period of a week were half as likely to suffer heart disease as their non-cycling colleagues.
  4. Improve Your Balance:  Its easy to focus on muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility, but having good balance is also essential to maintaining good health throughout your life.
  5. Build Your Back Strength: You may have heard it before, but the secret to a strong back is a strong stomach.  Biking engages your core muscles every time you pedal.

Be Safe and Have Fun

Now you know why you should bike; now you just need to know how to be safe on the road.

  1. Always wear a helmet.  It's that simple.
  2. Always bike with traffic.  If you're riding the wrong way (against traffic) and a car makes a right turn from a side street or driveway, they could turn right into you.
  3. Be aware of car doors.  If possible, keep three feet between you and cars.  That way if a driver opens a door right in front of you, you won't run into it!
  4. Ride on the street, not the sidewalk.  When you come off the sidewalk to cross the street you're invisible to motorists.
  5. Make sure motorists see you.  If it's early in the morning or the sun is going down, make sure motorists can see you.  This is easy if you wear a bright jacket or purchase a bike light.

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