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Shifting Gears From Unfit to Furiously Fit

Shifting Gears From Unfit to Furiously Fit

July 05, 2017 2 Comments

"Ride as much or as little, as long or as short, as you feel. But ride."

---Eddy Merckx

When was the last time you rode a bicycle? Bicycling is a low-impact, fun and healthy exercise for children, adults, and seniors. According to the Harvard Health Letter, exercise provides a joint-friendly aerobic exercise that also triggers endorphins—the “happy” chemicals in your body that make you feel great.

It’s good for the bones, too! Hopping onto your bike for a cycling adventure builds muscle and bone density, enhancing the ability to maintain your balance while performing daily tasks. 

There are numerous options for seamlessly incorporating biking into your lifestyle. Below, are suggestions to shift your biking mojo into high gear.

  • On lazy, rainy, days, hook your bike up to a training frame, then hop on and happily pedal away while watching your favorite talk show.
  • Join a local cycling group to participate in team events or bike travel trips. You can search for local bike riding groups on apps like Meetup or enroll in the Adventure Cycling Association to access the association’s guided bike tours and member benefits.
  • Join a spin class. If biking solo on a biking trail doesn’t inspire you, you can always join the spin class at your local gym. The group dynamics, guided instruction, and high-energy music provide the motivation to spin your way to good health.
  • Discover your local bike paths and start using them daily or several times a week.

Instead of hopping into the car to perform local errands, grab your bike instead.

Newbie Prep

Before starting an exercise regimen, it’s always best to check with your doctor first. You also want to be certain that you are equipped with the right equipment and clothing before embarking on your first biking adventure.

If you are a new cyclist or have not ridden a bicycle in years, check out Kinetic Sports Medicine’s Safe and Healthy Cycling Guide to prevent injuries and mishaps.

What are you waiting for? Start cycling.

Bicycling Related Information  

  • Got a minute? Stanford University is seeking cyclists to take a short 15-20 minute survey so they can “better determine which factors impact the comfort and safety of cycling.” The survey closes on August 31, 2017. Discover more details here: http://med.stanford.edu/cycle.html
  • If you are starting a bicycling routine to lose weight, you’ll need to research the intensity and frequency of exercise your weight loss goals require. Livestrong provides useful information to get started.

Mark your Calendar!

If you liked this blog post, be sure to check back in the weeks ahead to read Tackform’s next post on the five best fitness tracking apps for bicyclists.

 

 



2 Responses

Kat Rivera
Kat Rivera

July 10, 2017

I like the spin class idea. I recently got a spin bike for the house. Then I use an app called pelaton to do the spin classes.

Tony S.
Tony S.

July 05, 2017

I haven’t been active in years. This year I told myself I would start going for runs everyday at 6:00 A.M. before work. After two weeks if hitting the snooze button I found I only when on 2 runs. I was coming up with every excuse in the book. After that I told my self I would just take it easy and ride my bike. I’m now on 17 days in a row going on morning rides. All it took for me was switching up to something I enjoyed to changed my routine. I’m sure there are a lot of runners out there.. but I am not one of them.

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