7 Great Reasons Why You Should be Riding Bike
“The bicycle is just as good a company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.” Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895
Riding a bike is something that many of us did as children; if that is you then you are a lucky woman indeed. For those of us who didn't be assured we looked on greedily, and wondered at the freedom you had to go anywhere you liked on two wheels.
Now we are all grown up and for some reason as we grew up we also grew out of riding a bike.
Well it is time to change all of that. Riding is one of the very best exercises you can do as a woman and here's why.....
- Women are perfectly built for riding bikes. We have strong legs, from all those years of running around after everyone and we have good endurance; always in for the long haul.
- You can chat when you cycle. Mostly at the beginning, and at the end when you have coffee; you do have to pay attention when you are riding.
- Cycling is gentle on your joints as there isn’t the pressure that goes with running or walking.
- It is really good for giving you a beautiful bottom and toned legs, which some of us worry about.
- It gives you a sense of freedom. You can go anywhere, just about. Even across forests and fields if you are mountain biking,
- The very best part about cycling is that it gives your heart, lungs and body a good workout and you hardly really know it is happening.
- Like most vigorous workouts your metabolism stays burning faster for up to 12 hours after you finish because you are really pushing the large muscles in your legs. A little bit like resistance training but a lot more fun.
Some simple Metabolism Burning Stats
“A medium sized woman on a medium- quality bike cycling at an average speed will burn off around 500 calories an hour.”
Katie Dailey, Heels on Wheels
If you want to figure out how many calories you burn in an hour; take your weight in Kilos (if it is in pounds, then divide it by 2.2 first) then multiply it by the number of Mets in the table.
Selene Yeager, Ride Your Way Lean
So if you don't already ride a bike then get out and learn. It is never too late and the benefits are quite out of this world. If you already know then get on out there and get stuck in, and pedal your way to good health and fitness.
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