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The Big Benefits of Biking for Exercise

By Genevieve Cunningham

Riding a bicycle is a time-honored tradition. Every small child, it seems, gets the pleasure and freedom that comes with a new bike. For some reason, we stop riding as we get older. We learn how to drive a car, and we leave our two-wheeled friend far behind. But as it turns out, there may be good reason to pick the bike up again. Biking is incredible exercise, and if you need to build a new routine, then picking up a bicycle might be worth it. If you think bike riding might be for you, take a look at these good reasons to give it a try today. 

Leg Flexibility

Riding a bike is all about the legs. At first, your legs will probably get incredibly sore. But after a few days to weeks, you'll probably start to notice that your legs are stronger and more flexible. The range of motion in your knees and hips is likely to improve, and the entire movement in your legs is more fluid and comfortable. And since we need our legs for almost all basic movement, this is a benefit worth adding to your life.

Calorie Burn

Riding a bike burns massive calories. Because we're in constant motion, you'll be burning calories throughout the entire ride. If you ride fast enough (approximately 8-10 miles per hour), then you may be able to burn close to 1,000 calories per hour. If you're trying to lose weight and are taking a simple calories-in, calories-out approach, then picking up a bicycle is definitely worth a shot.

Low Impact

As we get older, we need low-impact exercises. We need movements that are easy on the joints. We need exercises that don't create more tension and pain. Luckily, bike riding fits perfectly into this category. Riding a bicycle may be initially hard on your knees or hips, but it doesn't take long for your body to adjust. If you want an exercise that can last for years, don't be afraid to grab a bike and go for a spin.

Bike riding isn't just for little kids. It's for everyone of all ages. It's for anyone who wants to get fit and have fun at the same time. Get a bicycle from your local shop, online, or second-hand from a friend. Bike riding can totally transform your health and your attitude for the better, so get moving today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Worth, Fla.

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