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Get on Your Bike and Hit the Roads

By Donna Stark

Riding a bike is one of the healthiest low-impact exercises that people of all ages and physical conditions can do. It can reduce the risk of serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, and joint degeneration. It can increase the body's strength, stamina, and cardiovascular endurance. And if done regularly, it can also ease feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. So, if it's so great, why aren't more people hitting the roads? Well, just like anything else in life, there are plenty of excuses lying around that encourage people to skip it altogether. Let's take a moment or two to look at a few of them below.

Cycling Is Dangerous

Even though you will be sharing the road with cars and trucks, that doesn't mean cycling is a dangerous activity to engage in. What it does mean, though, is that you will need to plan ahead. Look for routes that have less traffic than others, ride on paths designated for bicyclists, make sure you are always visible to those around you, and wear a helmet every time you get on your bike. You should also tell someone where you will be riding and bring plenty of water along with you on the trip.  

Cycling Requires Peak Physical Condition

One of the best things about riding a bike is that it can be modified to your unique physical condition and individual goals. If cycling is new to you, start slowly and work up to a more intense level when your body is ready to do so. Just remember, the more you ride, the stronger you will become. And when you do become stronger, you will be able to ride greater distances and at faster speeds.

Cycling Will Strain the Back

It's true that you are mainly holding your body in one position while cycling, but if you take the right precautions from the very beginning, you can reduce the risk of back, shoulder, and neck pain. One of the most important things to check before you go riding is that your bike is fitted to your body. Take it to a professional bike shop and have them give it a thorough check. Make sure everything is in great working order and that your seat, handlebar, and pedals are adjusted to fit your body perfectly.

Hit the Roads Today

In addition to the health benefits listed above, riding a bike is a great way to spend time with the people you love most! So, go ahead and pull yours out of the garage. It's time to hit the roads!

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

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