Long time readers know my embarrassing little secret: I don’t know how to ride a bicycle. HH loves to ride his bike and is a regular at a local spin studio. Girlie got a new bike for her birthday that she loves. So the two of them encouraged me to look more into cycling.
If you remember, I wasn’t involved in sports or dance as a kid and have/had really bad vision so my balance was never that good. I did get a bike and learn to ride it well enough for a bicycle field trip in the fifth grade but never really rode afterwards. I borrowed a friend’s bike a couple times in college and wiped out pretty bad. Now, since then I’ve done a lot of strength and balance work. I lift. I yoga. I can even do crow…sometimes…
HH and Girlie keep telling me that I should try cycling. So I researched and here’s what I found:
Most people cycle as kids. One of the great joys of growing up is learning to get on the bike saddle and move from A to B. However, for some reason, this activity often comes to an end when we grow out of our starter bikes and just slips into a nostalgic memory. Chances are that I’m not the only one who hasn’t touched a bicycle for a decade or more!
One of the main things proponents of cycling extol is its flexibility. It can fit into almost any lifestyle. Many physical activities need to take place outside of the house and in gym complexes. A lot of the time, you just can’t get a hold of the specialist equipment to carry out your exercise without joining the gym. However, this isn’t necessarily the most preferable option for everyone. A lot of people feel self-conscious when lined up alongside other gym goers, especially if just starting out our fitness kick and have relatively low, beginner fitness levels. Some of us can’t find the motivation to head out of the house and commute to and from the gym. However, cycling frees you from these constraints. If you have a bicycle of your own, you can take to the roads for a thorough workout, or you can head down country roads or beach trails if you’d like something a little more scenic.
Alternatively, you could bring your workout indoors with a static bike. Designate a room to your workouts and maybe even form your own home gym! You can find everything you need to know about this at garagegymbuilder.com!
We are all aware that cycling is good for you, but there are various different health benefits that come hand in hand with the activity. Here are just a couple!
Getting a Cardiovascular Workout
The cardiovascular workout that you get from cycling is one of the best. In fact, studies have shown that individuals who do three 45 minute cycling workouts a week equate to being biologically nine times younger than someone who doesn’t. This form of exercise also reduces your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Cycling is a brilliant way to build stamina. Why? Well, if you’ve cycled far from home and are feeling a little worn out, you have little choice other than to grin, bear it, and carry on to make your way home with your bicycle some way or another. There are also hills (even here in Florida!) and potentially dealing with traffic. You’ll rack up the miles and if you incorporate it into your daily lifestyle, massively increasing your physical and emotional endurance as you go.
You know that I care about being healthy as a family. As HH and Girlie have pointed out, cycling is an activity that can be engaged in by members of the whole family despite age or fitness level. Depending on where you live you could incorporate cycling into a trip to do something else fun like getting ice cream or going to the park.
OK OK, I agreed to try cycling… there’s a place near our local trail that does bicycle rentals. I’ve agreed to try renting a bicycle for a family activity some weekend day soon.
Are you a cycling fan? What would make you try it? How sore am I going to be the next day? What should I make Girlie and HH try in return?
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.