With more and more bike trails and lanes popping up in our cities around the country, cycling has been regaining popularity as a healthy and environmentally-conscious activity that any skill level can participate in. May is National Bike Month and there are some great reasons to add this exercise to your repertoire.
Cycling is an easy sport to get into. It's low impact and uses all of the major muscle groups to pedal. As more trails and pathways are made available, the amount of bike commuters has grown. Starting your day outdoors in the fresh air over sitting in traffic is a great endorphin boost. Plus, riding around town on a bike puts gas money back in your pocket.
All the pedaling improves your heart, lungs, and circulation, thus reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Cycling actually strengthens your heart muscle and cyclists have two to three times less exposure to pollution, improving their lung function.
As you build your cycling skills, take your bike off-road, and try mountain biking. There are some great trails in our canyons nearby. Mountain biking has the same heart-healthy and decreased disease benefits as regular cycling, but taking your bike into the woods has some magical mental benefits as well. Mastering techniques like going over your first log or taking on your first rock garden will boost your self-confidence. The scenery is breathtaking which decreases anxiety and stress.
Bicycling is a great exercise for the body and the brain. It's easy to pick up and it's great for all ages and levels. Celebrate National Bike Month and go for a ride! Be sure to wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road for safe riding.
You may feel some soreness if you aren't used to riding. If you do, give us a call and we'll help soothe those aches and pains and get you back on your bike again!