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Grab Your Bike and Go!

By Donna Stark

I was in Europe several weeks ago and even though I knew people bike more over there than here, it was still a little surprising to see. Everywhere we went, we saw people riding their bikes. No matter the weather, we saw people traveling on two wheels. Even on roads with hills that tease your car, there were people on bikes. It was actually really peaceful to watch but I couldn’t help to wonder how long it would take me to get in enough shape to be able to bike as much as they do. Or more importantly, how often I would have to listen to my children complain if they had to do it as well.

Benefits of Bicycling

If you live in a location that is biker-friendly, bicycling may be one of your best options for transportation. Here’s why.

  • Saves money - You are pretty much guaranteed to save money if you choose to bike more often than you drive. In fact, you may even be able to avoid needing a car at all! You can save thousands of dollars by not having to take care of those yearly fees, weekly gas trips, and expensive repairs. Or, if you’re using any other kind of public transportation, you’ll almost certainly save money on those fees as well.
  • Improves your health - Bicycling is a great way to keep your body in optimal health. It strengthens bones and muscles, promotes better posture and coordination, decreases body fat levels, and improves joint mobility and cardiovascular fitness. And depending on how far you need to bike to get to work or school, it can become a key component to your fitness routine.
  • Provides a fun way to get fit - Let’s be real here. Bicycling is a ton of fun, and because it is a low-impact exercise, it’s a great workout too! It’s the perfect exercise to stay fit while cruising along with the breeze in your face.
  • Helps the environment - One of the biggest sources of carbon emissions is car travel, so by taking action to drive your car less, you can directly help with the quality of air we breathe.
  • Saves time - If you walk or take the bus, cycling can definitely save you some time. It can be faster than traveling on foot and can oftentimes be quicker than a bus if there are a lot of stops along the route or if traffic is congested. It may even be faster than taking a car as well if you live close enough to your destination.

Grab Your Bike and Explore

Bicycling can be done anywhere, so if it isn’t possible to bike to work or school, consider doing so to run errands or to simply explore. The benefits of cycling are almost as endless as the roads around you ... just take it easy on those hills.

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

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