You already know that physical activity is good for your health. What's so special about biking?
5 Reasons to Bike
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Always wear a helmet. It's that simple.
- 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.
- 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!
- Ride on the street, not the sidewalk. When you come off the sidewalk to cross the street you're invisible to motorists.
- 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.