Why Riding a Bike Should Be on Your Exercise List
By Genevieve Cunningham
When's the last time you rode a bicycle? Most people learn to ride as a child, quit riding in their late childhood or early teenage years, and then never use a bicycle ever again. If you've never given it much thought, that idea might seem a little sad. And it is! Riding a bicycle is a favorite pastime for most, but if you want good health, maybe it should be part of your current life too. To make the most of your exercise routine moving forward, take a look at why riding a bike should be on your regular workout list starting right now.
Riding a bike is easy for adults. Once you regain your balance, you're good to go. And even more importantly, it's easy on the joints. It may make your knees sore for the first few times, but soon, you'll actually regain some flexibility in these areas. If you like low-impact and easy on the body, riding a bicycle is a good idea.
Unless you have an injury, you don't ever have to stop riding a bicycle. It's gentle enough to work for everyone -- kids, adults, and the elderly. If you worry about stability as you age, try making your bike stationary. Exercises that grow with you as you age are the best options, and cycling is definitely on that list.
It's Muscle Building
If you like the idea of strong legs, biking is perfect. Because of the repetitive motion that it requires, the lower half of your body will get a great workout. You'll build muscle, burn fat, and build stamina in your legs and glutes. And since these muscle groups are so big, it's great for overall body strength as well.
It's So Fun
It can be a solo activity or a family activity. It can be done indoors (stationary) or outdoors. It's versatile, and it's so much fun. Riding a bicycle can actually lower stress. You'll feel the wind on your face and soak in the sunshine. You'll feel a bit like a kid again. If you want something that's fun and family friendly, you should look no further than hopping on a bicycle today.
Exercise is important. But finding the right exercise is even more important! It's the only way we'll stick with it. Find a bicycle and get moving. You may find that it's something you've really missed, and in picking it back up, you'll have a workout routine that helps change your body moving forward.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Riverdale, Utah.