If you’re looking for a way to improve your health and increase your activity this spring, cycling or bike riding is a great way to be active!
Cycling offers many health benefits. Here’s why:
- It is an aerobic activity, which means that it is highly beneficial to your heart and circulation.
- Regular bike rides increase muscle strength and flexibility, while also improving joint mobility and bone strength.
- Like most exercises, cycling offers mental and emotional benefits that help all of us cope with stress. This is particularly true when you cycle outside and enjoy the many health benefits of sunlight and fresh air.
To maximize the value of regular bike riding and avoid unnecessary strain, we recommend verifying the bike you are using (or will be) fits your body well. Important considerations are:
- Where you will be riding your bike (what type of terrain)
- If the bike is set-up properly for your optimal use (meaning the height of your handle bars and seat, as well as, the speed options are ideal for you)
Anyone new to cycling, additionally needs to have the proper safety equipment for riding outside. This includes making sure:
- Your bike is fully equipped with safety features like reflectors and flags in order to be visible, especially at night.
- You make a note to check the air in your tires regularly so as to keep them fully inflated.
- You have the appropriate gear to protect yourself, including a lmet, reflective vest and gloves.
When you’re going out on the road, be sure to choose a route that you’re familiar with. This will give you confidence while riding, making the ride less stressful. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings, especially other motorists and traffic. And make sure to use hand signals to let others know where you’re going.
Lastly, HAVE FUN! After a long Southeast Michigan winter (even one with unusual weather like this past one), getting outside is something we are all ready for. Cycling gives you the opportunity to enjoy the budding trees and green grass, while actively bettering your health.