Fitness: 4 Ways to Spin Your (Bike) Wheels
I want to get outside and stay active now that the days are longer and warmer. Biking is a great way to do both.
This weekend I skipped the bus and used a bicycle to run errands around town. 45 minutes later, mandados were done, I had seen new corners of my neighborhood, and I had fit in a workout. Now that’s healthy multi-tasking!
I plan on making cycling a regular part of my routine.
In addition to being a quick and environmentally-friendly form of transportation, biking is great for your health. An aerobic exercise that gives your heart and lungs a workout, pedaling helps reduce your risk of heart disease while burning calories to help you maintain a healthy weight. Like all exercise, biking will boost your immune system and lift your mood and energy levels.
Get ready to look as great as you feel. Biking also tones and builds muscle, focusing on your calves, tush, thighs, and core. Just in time for your summer mini-falda!
Look and feel good? ¡Sí, por favor! How do I get started?
Integrate biking into your schedule in a way that works for you.
4 Ways to Spin Your (Bike) Wheels
- Take it outside: Channel your inner-child, jump on the bicicleta, and go explore. Many cities have designated bike lanes or scenic trails perfect for an afternoon ride. Competitive? Consider training for a road race or triathlon.
- Commute: No time for a leisurely ride? In 2 Ways to Keep PE on Your Schedule I recommend making your trip to work a workout. About half of American workers live within 5 miles of their trabajo–that’s only a 20-minute ride each way. ¡Fácil, and better than sitting in traffic any day!
- Cycle at the gym. Great for off-season training, stationary bikes allow you to increase intensity, building the perfect workout for you. I love spinning classes: the upbeat music and encouragement of the instructor and classmates push me to work harder than I would alone. No classes at your location? Create your own by jumping on the stationary bike and pedaling to the tempo of a playlist alternating fast and moderately paced songs. Remember to drink water before and during all exercise.
- No matter what you do, always be safe: wear a helmet, brush up on bike repair basics, keep required tools on hand, never listen to music or use any electronics while riding outdoors, and take extra precautions in traffic.
Biking is great for your health and easy for anyone to pick up. Take a ride today!
A teacher by day, The Wise Latina Club’s Natalie Wagner Fierro is the co-founder of the Institute for Student Health. She equally loves food (cooking or dining in Washington’s restaurants) and burning calories by distance running, practicing yoga, and archery. Click here to read more about and connect with Natalie.
Where will you bike this week?