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Ride With It!

May 26, 2010

When the weather warmed up, I immediately noticed a lot more people outside on their bikes. It makes perfect sense, since biking is such an easy alternative means of transportation, with side benefits such as helping the planet and saving money.

When gas prices significantly increased, my neighbor Ali didn’t waste and time – or money – pulling her bike out from storage. Although her commute to work now takes longer, it is well worth it for her to bike to work from an environmental and cost perspective. But recently, when I noticed how excellent she looked physically, I realized that the benefits of bike riding go far beyond being and saving green.

Toned, full of energy, and feeling her very best both physically and mentally, Ali volunteered to take me on a bike ride to show me the other reason why I’ve been seeing an abundance of bike riders. Fitness.

And it worked! I am hooked.

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My neighbor Ali on the trail, right before snapping on her helmet. When you buy your helmet, keep in mind: you don't want it to wiggle!

With Memorial Day approaching and summer just around the corner, consider biking the fun, fabulous and scenic way of working out and getting into shape. Not only will your body look great in your summer gear, but you’ll also feel energized and vibrant – while still saving money and the Earth!

Incorporate Biking Into Your Day

Forget going to the gym for an after-work or before-work workout regimen! Take advantage of the nice weather and get some fresh air. Incorporating exercise into your day is a way to save time and guarantee you’ll get it in everyday. A five-mile bike ride could be a 20-minute ride each way. Ride to work and leave a bag of clothes there to change into. It’s well worth it.

Biking Burns Fat and Calories

Biking burns major calories and fat, especially for how seamless the ride can be compared to other fat and calorie burning activities such as running. According to Women’s Health, a 135-pound woman pedaling 12 to 14 miles an hour burns 488 calories in 60 minutes. That’s pretty good!

Biking Boosts Energy

As if burning calories wasn’t exciting enough, biking also boosts energy! As someone who relies on an iced coffee almost everything morning, this really excited me after my first bike ride. Bike riding can improve energy levels by 20 percent! Cycling triggers the brain to release dopamine, which is linked to energy. The good news: pedaling harder doesn’t impact the energy boost – pedaling at a moderate pace is just as beneficial. In the morning or at the end of the work day – in other words, when you are most in need of an energy boost – is an ideal time to hop on!

Biking Tones and Works It All

When pedaling, you work your calves, glutes and quads. When going uphill, pedaling while standing engages your core and triceps.

Always Wear a Helmet

Although hat hair may not be the ideal look you’re going for, it’s a small price to pay to protect your head. According to the National Survey or Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behavior, wearing a helmet can prevent 88% of cycling head injuries.

For me, someone who has little experience on the bike, it was an incredibly fun and productive experience. If you are like me and don’t usually bike as a means of getting in shape, remember to pedal at a moderate pace and wear the appropriate biking gear. If you don’t own a bike (also like me!), visit www.rentabikenow.com to find a bike rental shop in 181 US cities.

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We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!

  • Do you use your bike as alternative transportation for your work commute?
  • What are some of your favorite bike routes in the city where you live?
  • Do you have any other favorite outdoor activities when the weather warms up? Tell us!
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