Riding a bike is a great way to get fit – and to see more of the world and lead a more environmentally friendly life. In fact, when you consider how good biking is for you and the rest of the planet, it’s a wonder why we don’t see more bicycles on the road. We’re going to take a look at some of the fitness benefits of riding a bike today, and also look at how you can get started. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons regular cycling should be a part of your daily fitness regime.
First of all, it’s good to get out and about on a bicycle. There’s the fresh air, for starters – and the scenery. Even when you are struggling with the deep burn in your quads, all you need to do is look up and see where you are. You will have access to routes unavailable in a car, too – so you will see more of the country. And, you have the time to appreciate the views, making your daily workouts a lot more appealing than spending time at the gym or exercising at home.
It burns more calories
Even when you are cycling at a leisurely pace, you still burn more calories than when you are walking at an average speed. Spending twenty minutes on a bike burns more than 280 calories while a steady walk will burn not even 180. Now think about upping your effort for just half of that twenty minutes. As you can see, there is some serious calorie burning gains to be had – all from the comfort of a bicycle.
You don’t need to workout
Do you struggle to find the time to workout during the day? If so, why not cycle to work? As you can see from the calorie burn info above, there’s a lot to gain from just twenty minutes at full effort. Think about planning a safer and more attractive route to and from work, to avoid the busy morning traffic. You will look forward to your journey – and it’s all the cardio the average person needs every day.
It’s safer than ever
There will always be too many accidents involving cyclists on the road. But, the situation today is much better than it was even ten years ago. Cycling lanes are becoming more common, and even the arrival of gadgets like GoPro are improving things. Drivers are more aware that some reckless driving could see them on YouTube – or end up with a visit from the police. Theft is still a big problem, of course. But a quick check on a bike insurance comparison website and a sturdy lock will give you all the protection you need.
There is something for everyone
Love being out on the open road? The go for a racer. Prefer the diversity of hills and muddy pathways? The get a mountain bike. Thrill seeker? A BMX will do the job nicely. Hipster? Well, there are still a few penny farthings around – although they might cost you a considerable sum. The point is, whoever you are, there is a bike out there for you. And, in our eyes at least, that makes them an excellent tool to set anyone on the road to a fitter and healthier lifestyle.