3 Healthy Reasons to Buy a Bike
By Genevieve Cunningham
Most people have owned a bike at some point in their lives. Even if it was when you were 8 years old, we all know how to ride and most of us enjoy it. As we get older and cars take the place of the trusty old two-wheelers, bike riding begins to become a thing of the past. At this point in your life, it may have been years since you sat on a bike, much less taken it for a spin around the block. If you aren’t a bike rider as an adult, check out these three great reasons to buy a bike and get back to the habit as soon as today.
It’s a Great Workout
When you were young, you rode your bike and never noticed whether it worked your legs or made you sore. It was fun, and so you did it! As an adult, you’ll notice that bike riding can make your legs and backside overworked and tight. You might walk with a limp the next day or whimper when you have to go upstairs. All of this happens because bike riding is an incredible workout. It burns massive calories, boosts lung and heart function, and tones the bottom half of your body. And as an additional bonus, even as an adult, it’s still a ton of fun.
It Lets You Get Some Fresh Air
Tired of working out in a stale gym? Get outside and breathe in the fresh air! Fresh air has a way of boosting moods and making us feel healthy and clean. It’s one of the fastest ways to ditch a poor mood or motivate yourself. Along with the wonderful benefit of feeling good, it can also increase focus, boost lung health, and improve your skin. Who knew one of your favorite pastimes could bring all of that goodness?
It Can Help Save Money
This isn’t specific to your health, but it’s still a great reason to ride a bike, especially in the current economy. A bicycle costs very little past your initial investment. You might spend $100 on a bike, and then zero on gas. And zero on oil changes. And very little on any minor problems that may or may not come up along the way. Another way that it may help you save money is through your health. The healthier your body, the less likely you are to spend money on doctor’s visits, medicines, or overpriced treatments. It’s a health and money saver, two of the most important and useful things in your life.
If you don’t have a bike currently, save a little money and splurge on a new one. You may bring some awesome benefits to your body, and you’ll also likely have a blast picking up the habit once again. Do something fun, something fresh, something good for you. Buy yourself a bike and get to pedaling.