Do you wheelie love your body?

Bike riding is a workout routine that’s kind to your body, and the health benefits of biking are vast. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, strengthen your muscles, or prevent yourself from getting a disease, bike riding can help you every step of the way!

While you might think looking, and feeling good, would be at the top of everyone’s to-do list, it’s not. According to the CDC, only 23% of Americans are meeting the nation’s physical activity guidelines.

When asking Americans why they don’t exercise more, the CDC found most people lack motivation and confidence when it comes to exercising. While other individuals said they don’t workout because exercising is boring.

Luckily, if you can ride a bike, you can have fun, while pedaling your way to a healthier you. Read on to learn about the powerful health benefits of bike riding.

Benefits of Biking for Beginners

As a bicyclist, you’ll be enjoying some of the best health benefits, along with convenient exercise perks. Here are a few of the top benefits of biking:

  • Low impact
  • Total muscle workout
  • Easy to learn
  • Builds strength and stamina
  • Intensity can change
  • Time conscious
  • Fun activity

If you don’t have a bike already, take your time finding the best bicycles. Once you find a bike that fits your body and riding style, you can begin enjoying the numerous health benefits biking offers.

Whole Body Benefits

Unlike other exercises, like running, biking is a low impact workout. exercises that are low impact cause fewer injuries and strains, than other more intense workout routines.

Even though biking is a low impact workout, that doesn’t mean your whole body doesn’t benefit. As you ride your bicycle, you’ll be using all of your major muscle groups, and getting them in prime shape.

If your major muscle groups are out of shape, no worries. Unlike other sports, cycling doesn’t require you to have high skill levels. Once you learn how to pedal, your brain will most likely remember, no matter how many years go by.

Next, bicycling is also a great way to build your strength and stamina. As you cycle you’ll increase your stamina and strength through your aerobic workout. You can also tailor your workout to be as easy, or as intense as you want.

A Fun and Time Efficient Workout

If your day seems to busy to squeeze in a workout than you definitely should consider biking. Attach your bicycle to your vehicle, and you’ll have a mobile gym with you wherever you go. You are the boss of how long or short your biking sessions are, as well as how intense you’d like them to be.

Finally, biking is just plain fun! Who wants to hit the gym, or lift weights, when they can zoom around, pedaling their way to fitness? Bikers enjoy getting fresh air, seeing new sights, and all while keeping their body in shape.
Health Benefits of Long-Term Bicycling

Benefits of Regular Cycling

So far, we’ve been discussing the benefits of biking, when you’re just starting. However, when you choose to use bicycling as your main form of exercise, you’ll begin to build up additional benefits over time. Here are some of the health benefits regular bicyclists can enjoy:

  • cardiovascular fitness
  • muscle flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • Better posture and coordination
  • Disease prevention
  • Less anxiety and depression

Mental health conditions, such as depression, or anxiety, can experience relief with cycling. Since cycling is an aerobic activity, it involves your lungs, heart, and blood vessels. As you breathe deeper, and sweat, your body temperature also goes up, which increases your overall fitness level.

Balance and Coordination

You can also cycle as a way to increase your overall balance and coordination. As you bicycle regularly, you’ll reduce your chances of falling down or fracturing your bones.

Individuals who have osteoarthritis will be able to improve their bone health, without stressing out their joints. While cycling won’t specifically treat or help the bone-thinning disease, osteoporosis, it’s still a helpful non-weight bearing exercise.

Obesity and Weight Management

Bike riders are less likely to become obese, and if they are overweight, aerobic exercise can help them shed unwanted pounds. As you cycle, you’ll be raising your metabolic rate, building muscle, and burning fat.

If your main goal of bicycling is to lose weight, make sure you also eat a well-balanced diet. Remember, you can build up your bicycling routine to suit your skill level. Rather than starting too strong, ease your way into bicycling a little bit every week, slowly increasing the intensity of your sessions.

Cycling and Cardiovascular disease

Earlier, we mentioned that since bicycling is an aerobic exercise, it’s a great way to get a cardiovascular workout. As you strengthen your cardiovascular system, you’ll also be protecting your body against the risk of getting cardiovascular diseases.

Different cardiovascular disease will affect your body in numerous ways. While some cause stroke, other forms o the disease will raise your blood pressure, and or, give you a heart attack. As you pedal, your heart muscles strengthen, your resting pulse lowers, and you also reduce blood fat levels.

Live Your Best Life

Now you know more about the benefits of biking, for new bikers and veteran riders. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds or take a proactive stance to protect your health, bicycling can help you reach your goals. We hope that our article will inspire you to go outside, and pedal your way to a healthier life.

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Here is Why It’s Never Too Late for You to Achieve Something Worthwhile

Have you ever asked yourself if it’s too late to achieve something worthwhile in life. These two most upvoted responses by Marcus and Jim respectively on Quora will help you if you still have doubts about what you can do at any stage of your career.

1. Marcus Geduld, Shakespearean director, computer programmer, teacher, writer, likes dinosaurs.

Too late for what?

If you slept through your 26th birthday, it’s too late for you to experience that. It’s too late for you to watch “LOST” in its premiere broadcast. (Though, honestly, you didn’t miss much.) It’s too late for you to fight in the Vietnam War.

It’s too late for you to go through puberty or attend nursery school. It’s too late for you to learn a second language as proficiently as a native speaker*. It’s probably too late for you to be breastfed.

It’s not too late for you to fall in love.

It’s not too late for you to have kids.

It’s not too late for you to embark on an exciting career or series of careers.

It’s not too late for you to read the complete works of Shakespeare; learn how to program computers; learn to dance; travel around the world; go to therapy; become an accomplished cook; sky dive; develop an appreciation for jazz; write a novel; get an advanced degree; save for your old age; read “In Search of Lost Time”; become a Christian, then an atheist, then a Scientologist; break a few bones; learn how to fix a toilet; develop a six-pack …

Honestly, I’m 47, and I’ll say this to you, whippersnapper: you’re a fucking kid, so get over yourself. I’m a fucking kid, too. I’m almost twice your age, and I’m just getting started! My dad is in his 80s, and he wrote two books last year.

You don’t get to use age as an excuse. Get off your ass!

Also, learn about what economists call “sunk costs.” If I give someone $100 on Monday, and he spends $50 on candy, he’ll probably regret that purchase on Tuesday. In a way, he’ll still think of himself as a guy with $100—half of which is wasted.

What he really is is a guy with $50, just as he would be if I’d handed him a fifty-dollar bill. A sunk cost from yesterday should not be part of today’s equation. What he should be thinking is this: “What should I do with my $50?”

What you are isn’t a person who has wasted 27 years. You are a person who has X number of years ahead of you. What are you going to do with them?

* What I’d intended as a throwaway comment, about the difficulty of second-language acquisition after childhood, has generated interest and disagreement. I will admit upfront I am not an expert on the matter, and was mostly informed by research I’d read about.

It claimed there’s a window of childhood, after which the brain stops being able to hear certain sounds—one’s not used by a child’s native language—which is why it’s so hard to learn to speak a second language without an accent.

Some people may master it, but not many. (How many people do you know, after 25, learned a foreign language and can speak it so well, natives have no idea they’re listening to a foreigner?) It’s also challenging to learn all the idiomatic expressions that native speakers have known since they were small children.

However, since having written this answer, I’ve learned that the Science behind this is very controversial. As I’m not an expert, let me refer you to the wikipedia article (and it’s linked resources).

“In second-language acquisition, the strongest evidence for the critical period hypothesis is in the study of accent, where most older learners do not reach a native-like level.

However, under certain conditions, native-like accent has been observed, suggesting that accent is affected by multiple factors, such as identity and motivation, rather than a critical period biological constraint (Moyer, 1999; Bongaerts et al., 1995; Young-Scholten, 2002).”

2. Jim Lawrenson, Still driving…

Unfortunately for ‘real’ people, the media is obsessed with the tiny minority who succeed early and display this very publicly.

This is then amplified by the high profile ‘subject’,  for PR purposes, to perpetuate their success.

Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, River Phoenix, Justin Timberlake, Bill Gates, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Jobs, James Dean, Richard Branson, Whitney Houston, One Direction, Amy Winehouse, Mark Zuckerburg. Need I go on.

Notice a trend in there somewhere?

You are probably being influenced, (like all of us), in how you assess your own progress, compared to these people. It can be a dangerous game to play.

It takes a tremendous amount of luck, as well as talent, to get into the right position at the right time. Not many people who make it will tell you that, often preferring to put it down to their hard work.

That is because they believe that this is the case, not because they are intentionally misleading you. I know that because, to an extent, I’ve done it.

You also may not have considered that even if you were on the list of young successes. It is very hard to follow that early success later in life. Your expectations of yourself are higher and based on that youthful virtual reality you experienced once, you can never improve on your past.

That can be a tough pill to swallow and despite all the money in the world, many struggle with that.

Look at any list of young successes from just 10 years ago and count the number who have disappeared, died or been in rehab. Lots.

Half the list of super successful people above are dead for a start off.

This is not an excuse for you to give up trying however. 

Try to think of life as a long road journey.

The journey can be as exciting or as boring as you choose to make it.

Wherever you are on the journey, there are new experiences, as long as you welcome them and seek them out. Some you can plan in advance.

Often, you need to get out of the car to experience them. Otherwise, you will see them flash past the window and feel like it is too late to stop.

  • Do something every day which contributes to your progress on the journey and always be learning and experiencing new things.
  • Don’t put off experiences which can be done today by getting out of the car, for a tomorrow which may never arrive.
  • Build a vision of where you want to get to in 1, 5 and 10 years and then think about the steps you need to complete in the next 30 days to move towards it, but don’t set deadlines that are too harsh. Do the first step on the list today.
  • Like any long journey, you will hit diversions, obstacles, traffic lights, speed bumps, closed roads and all manner of other problems. There will be crashes – you might be involved in them. Like any long road journey, if you want to get the destination enough, you won’t turn back, you will reroute. The car might break down or need repairing. Just accept it will happen now, and carry on.

Most importantly, don’t wait for all the traffic lights between your house and your destination, to turn green at the same time, before you set off.

They won’t!

Get in the car and start driving.

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