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This Is Why You Should Get On A Bike Now

This Is Why You Should Get On A Bike Now

Biking offers tons of benefits. From physical, to mental, to environmental and beyond, making the switch to riding a bike is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for our world. If you don’t believe me, just check out these 15 ways in which biking can change your life. I’m sure you’ll think differently by the end.

1. It’s a workout that you can incorporate into your already busy schedule.

For most people will full time jobs and other commitments, it can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise. Exercise is incredibly important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. By making the switch to biking on your commute to work, you essentially kill two birds with one stone. You get to work and back home again, but in the process you’re burning calories.

2. It saves money.

Bikes don’t cost as much as cars to maintain, plus they don’t need fuel–that’s what your legs are for! There are a lot of calculators out there on the Internet that can show you just how much money you would save by making the switch from your car to a bicycle. For example, according to this calculator, if you commuted just 20 miles a day round trip, with no parking fees or toll charges, you would save $9.20 every day by biking instead.

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3. It can make you smarter.

According to some recent research, biking, as a form of exercise, can help build up neurons in your brain and help neurotransmitters communicate more effectively. This means more memory, better concentration and, of course, a healthier body.

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    4. It’s convenient.

    With more and more people making the switch to bikes, it’s becoming easier to find bike racks on city streets. If you’re looking to commute to work or run errands on your bike, you probably won’t have any trouble finding a parking space. And, since bikes are outnumbered by cars, say goodbye to wandering up and down aisles looking for your car.

    5. Bikes are diverse.

    There are many different kinds of bikes, and many different bike manufacturing companies. According to one bicycle site, there are at least 17 different kinds of bikes, including city bikes, touring bikes, cyclocross bikes, and cruiser bikes.

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      6. It’s family-friendly.

      Even if you’re used to toting a toddler around, bikes are a great alternative to cars. There are many different kinds of tandem bikes, for parents and older children, as well as car seat-like additions to regular bicycles. Small carriages can also be attached to a parent’s bike for easily towing any youngsters.

      7. You’ll build muscle.

      Biking is a great way to build leg muscles. It works your glutes, calves, and quads, leaving you with lean muscle from your ankles to your tush. And building muscle is a great way to stay in shape, as muscle tissue helps maintain a high metabolism.

      8. You can take in the sights.

      Biking is unique in that it allows you to get quickly from one place to another while giving you the full benefit of being able to take in your surroundings. Whether you’re dashing off to something important or simply going for a leisurely ride, biking allows you to really see your environment.

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        9. You can do it with others.

        Forming bonds with others is important, and biking clubs are very popular. Many of them are welcoming to cyclists of all backgrounds and experience levels, so don’t be intimidated. No one expects you to be able to participate in the Tour de France. This can be a great way to meet people and make new friends, all while bonding over a shared interest.

        10. It can make you happier.

        There is evidence that biking can increase your mood and help get rid of stress you might be carrying around. Cycling, like most exercise, creates an endorphin release that makes you happy and alert.

        11. It’s environmentally friendly.

        Cars are, as a general rule, pretty bad for the environment. They release emissions that damage the environment and are dependent upon the oil industry, which also destroys the environment. Biking relies only on your own energy, so there are no significant negative externalities.

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        12. You can take bikes anywhere.

        If you want to take your bike to another part of the country and go biking there on vacation, you’re able to do so fairly easily. It’s a great way to incorporate biking, vacation time, and safe environmental practices all together.

        13. It makes you healthier even after you’ve stopped.

        According to some research, biking helps burn calories even after you’ve stopped biking. For up to a few hours after your ride, you could still be burning more calories than if you hadn’t ridden your bike at all.

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          14. You’ll have more energy.

          Biking helps you have more energy throughout the day, even after you’ve cycled. This leads to more productivity and increased mood.

          15. It’s fun.

          Biking is a great way to get healthy, save money, and save the environment. But most importantly of all, biking is just really fun. So hop on a bike and see the benefits for yourself.

          Featured photo credit: Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving./Khanh Hmoong via flickr.com

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

          1. Exercise Daily

          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

          The basic nutritional advice includes:

          • Eat unprocessed foods
          • Eat more veggies
          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

            5. Watch Out for Travel

            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

            6. Start Slow

            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

            Final Thoughts

            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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            Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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