Do you enjoy riding a bicycle? If so, you probably know that cycling has all sorts of health benefits, such as engaging your legs while being easy on the joints, and providing a sense of freedom and enjoyment. If you still need convincing or are unaware of all the benefits of biking, here’s a list of reasons to hop on your bike:
- Taking advantage of a beautiful day: Riding a bike is one of the most active ways to spend your leisure time and to enjoy a nice day.
- Burning more calories: A relaxing bike ride (<10 mph) burns more calories than an easy walk (2 mph)—281 calories versus 176 calories per hour.
- Challenging yourself: Powering your way up hills and pushing your speed over 10 mph is a great way to challenge yourself, and supplement an active lifestyle.
- It's fun: We all have those exercises we dread working on. But, if you hop on your bike and take it seriously, there’s a good chance you’ll love it, despite the difficulty. You will enjoy the reward of a quick, exhilarating ride.
- It's energizing: Biking can energize you for other exercises you plan to do. Biking instead of driving to the J is a great way to warm up and cool down from your workouts.
- It's easier on you body than running: Biking is much easier on your legs, ankles, knees, and feet than running: Running has the potential to take its toll on the body. Biking, on the other hand, is far lower impact and engages the muscles in the legs without as much force coming down on the knees. Therefore, biking is a smoother, lower risk form of cardio you’ll appreciate, especially if you're recovering from an injury.
- It’s a green method of transportation: If you’re headed to anything important, like work, biking is a completely green form of transportation that’s free (so long as you have a bike) and provides some great exercise.
- It’s an activity you’ll be able to do the rest of your life: Even if you’re in good shape now, weightlifting and certain exercises aren't going to be so easy years down the line. One of the best things about bicycling is that you’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come.
For all experienced bikers out there, we hope to see you at the Northern Virginia Cycle Fest, an annual community ride that is open to all riders, 12 and over, who are comfortable riding on roads with traffic. Set in October, the ride enjoys the fall temperatures and scenery through Molon Lave Vineyards, in Warrenton. Learn more here.