Outdoor Biking - the Smart Sport

By: Lyla Feldman

With gas prices sky rocketing today, why not try biking as an alternative to driving?? It is a great source of cardiovascular exercise as well as very budget friendly.? If you are lucky enough to live within a safe biking distance to your work, then you are ahead of the game.? Running errands on a bike is also a great option.? Not only are you going green and saving money, you are also doing your body and mind a favor.

You can't go wrong with biking.? It minimizes the risk of coronary heart disease and protects against strokes, diabetes, and cancer.? Regular cycling keeps your blood pressure in tact and also builds stamina, enabling you to carry out every day tasks more easily.? You can shed extra calories and lose that fat on our abs we all love.? It improves your overall balance and coordination as do most exercises.? It boosts your metabolism, therefore making your weight loss goal so much easier to achieve.? Your goal should not be a number, either.? It should be a statement along with plans on what you are going to do to maintain a healthy weight in the long term.

By biking in the outdoors, you have the added bonus of breathing in that fresh air and getting vitamin D from the sun if you live in a pollution free environment void of car fumes.? Also, if you are biking in a city area it is a good idea to keep an eye out for opening car doors which can be rather painful.? Sometimes, biking can be more stressful than peaceful in cities due to high traffic.? I have heard too many horror stories having to do with accidents on bikes and they aren't just associated with motorcycles.?

However, by practicing common sense and caution, it leads to a more peaceful tension free life.?? It increases your life expectancy so you will be able to play with your grand children and live a long, healthy life.?

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