June 2nd is World Bicycle Day. Celebrate with us by exploring how you can incorporate a little more bicycling into your fitness routine!
Riding a bike isn’t just a great way to get some exercise, it’s also fun! And the good news is you don’t have to be an Olympic cyclist to enjoy the many benefits of riding a bike! So if it’s been a while since you’ve unleashed your inner kid and gone for a bike ride, celebrate World Bicycle Day by letting that inner kid loose!
One. Take a Spinning Class.
Spinning Classes are great when the weather isn’t ideal for an outdoor bike ride or when you’re looking for a more intense workout than you might get on a leisurely ride around your neighborhood. Spinning Classes are great because they’re as easy as … well, riding a bike! And because you control your resistance and cadence (speed), the workout is completely customizable in real-time for all fitness levels.
Two. Turn Your Commute into a Ride.
Syracuse and surrounding communities are doing a fantastic job of incorporating more bike lanes into their traffic plans making it easier and easier for folks who are so inclined to hop on their bikes and burn a few calories on their way to and from work.
It’s been said that driving a car to commute costs you money (gas) and saves you calories (since driving burns very few) but riding your bike costs you calories and saves you money! So not only are you getting some exercise in, but if you already have the bike and helmet, then you’re making the financially responsible, decision, too!
Read more about Syracuse’s expanding bike lanes here.
Three. Turn off the TV and Get off TikTok/Facebook/Instagram.
A lot of us feel like we’re pressed for time. And it’s true. Most people are busier now than ever. But we do a lot of the overscheduling to ourselves. There’s not just a physical benefit to carving out the time to taking a bike ride, there’s a mental benefit as well.
There are a lot of benefits to exercise, we know (and we’ve covered them extensively in this blog), and to cycling specifically. But we often forget to consider the mental benefits of stress reduction, better sleep, improved mood, and focus, and more (read more here) when considering all the benefits of a bike ride.
So maybe the question isn’t can you afford to miss this week’s episode of your favorite show, the question is can you afford not to?
These are, of course, just a few of the ways you can incorporate cycling into your fitness routine. What are some of the ways you’ve done it? We want to hear from you.