Why You Should Absolutely Own a Bicycle

By Genevieve Cunningham

Almost everyone owns a bicycle as a child, in fact, getting and learning to ride a bicycle when we're little is super exciting, a rite of passage of sorts. We love our bikes and want to ride as much as possible. As we get older, our love for the bicycle wanes. We're way more interested in the faster, cooler form of transportation: cars. This transition from two wheels to four is a normal one. But as it turns out, our love for bikes doesn't have to diminish with age. In fact, there are some really big benefits for maintaining cycling in our lives. If you're interested in a bit of nostalgia with some big healthy benefits attached, take a look at why you should consider getting a bicycle today.

Cycling is Great Exercise

There's no doubt that cycling is phenomenal exercise. It's a massive calorie burner and a fantastic way to sculpt the bottom half of the body. Anyone who wants to tone up their legs or backside can't go wrong by hopping on a bike. And one of the best parts about cycling is that it's gentle on the joints. It doesn't require the same force or pressure as many other cardio exercises. If you're looking for gentle but still effective exercise, cycling is a great choice.

It's Great for the Earth

It's no secret that the earth is not in the best condition. All of our pollution and general disregard is taking its toll. But there are things that we can do and ways that we can help. And one really helpful thing that we can do? Ride a bike! A bicycle gets us to where we need to go without emitting dangerous toxins and pollution into the air. Is it always possible to choose the bike over the car? No, but when you can, choose the environmentally friendly option to save the planet and your health at the same time.

It Can Boost Your Mood

Exercise boosts your mood. Getting outside can boost your mood. When you combine these two things -- like when you ride a bicycle -- you have a recipe for more stable and much better moods on a daily basis. It may be challenging at first, but it won't take long until riding a bike is fun again, and anything that is fun can boost your mood, energy, and health overall. 

If you don't own a bicycle, it's time to consider adding one to your life. They're fun, healthy, and can bring so many benefits to your health. Pick a comfortable, affordable option, start with short rides, and you'll be enjoying that nostalgic feeling and the better health that comes with it in no time at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chandler, Ariz.

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