Cycling is a Great Spring Workout

couple riding bikesWhen it comes to exercising and working out, finding motivation can be more than half the battle. Many people find little appeal in walking on a treadmill, lifting weights or doing situps. That’s one reason so many people start out with good intentions only to drop out of their exercise routine after just a few weeks or months.

A more effective approach to exercise is to find something you like to do – something you would do just for fun, even if it weren’t good for you. One example is cycling. Even if it’s been some time since you were on a bike, you no doubt remember the freedom you felt when you rode a bicycle for the first time, and how that simple two-wheeled vehicle allowed you to explore your neighborhood and get to school in style.

You can recapture that feeling as an adult, all while getting the exercise you need to stay fit. Riding a bike provides a great cardiovascular workout, something that’s very important the older you get. At the same time, bike riding gives all the major muscle groups a workout, something that’s important for overall fitness and stamina. In fact, cycling is one of the best ways to improve your overall muscle tone because it gives your entire body a workout, building up your legs, arms and abdominal muscles at the same time.

Cycling is also one of the easiest sports to start. There’s no expensive gym equipment or monthly fees involved – all you need is a quality bike and a good helmet. You can even pick up biking accessories along the way to make it more enjoyable, but the initial cost to get started can be very low.

You can ride your bike just about anywhere, from dedicated bike trails and nature paths to the same roads where you drive your car. As long as you follow the rules of the road and watch out for fellow motorists, riding your bike along the road can be quite safe. If you prefer peace and serenity, you can look for hiking trails that allow bikes, or buy a good mountain bike and head for the wilderness.

Riding a bike is also a great way to reduce stress. Many riders find that the worries of the day simply melt away once they mount their bikes. Whether you enjoy the beauty of nature or just hit the roads around your home, riding a bike is a great way to relax and unwind after a stressful day at work.

 

 

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  1. This blog is making me long for spring on a cold Chicago day! I am ready to go on some family bike rides soon!

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