As we emerge from our winter hibernation to enjoy longer days and warmer temperatures, we find ourselves craving time outside. What better way to experience spring than on a bicycle? Bike riding improves your cardiovascular health, joint mobility and muscle strength. Even better, the benefits of biking are not only physical, they are also mental. Studies show regular biking reduces anxiety and depression.
Great ways to enjoy biking include:
One of the best ways to become a regular cyclist is to ride to work. Bike commuting may seem overly-complicated, these days many offices have bike racks, plus showers and change rooms for employees to tidy-up after exercising. There is nothing quite like getting into work after an invigorating ride to kick-start your day!
Family bike rides
The best activities are those spent with people we love. A fantastic spring outing is a family bike ride. Whether it’s around the lake, on a mountain trail or to your local park, bike riding is a wonderful way to get your family together for some active fun. Regular biking also encourages your children to not rely so heavily on cars – a very real and increasing problem in our society.
Beach bike riding
We are very fortunate in Australia to have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Biking through the sand can be very difficult, but the resistance builds strength in your leg muscles and core. With the salty sea air blowing in your hair and the sound of waves crashing on the shore, you can’t ask for a better riding location.
So, this spring, as you emerge from hibernation why not bring your bike out with you and go for a ride.