5 Reasons Why YOU Should Start Cycling

I recently posted a blog about how I have been taking the necessary steps of getting in shape. I finally have the motivation to get somewhere with working out, but a lot of that motivation is attributed to biking my 9 mile route, which is going to increase soon. I have thought of five awesome reasons as to why you, yes YOU, should start biking.

1. Were you thinking about getting a gym membership? STOP! WAIT!

  • Don’t waste your hard earned money on an overpriced gym membership. Why would you want to work out inside when you could get exercise in the great outdoors? Also, you can save a lot of money by purchasing a nice bike instead of a gym membership. Did you know that 67% of people who own gym memberships don’t even use them? And, did you know that all those people who aren’t using their gym memberships are paying an average of $55 dollars a month? This adds up to approximately $660 dollars a year! You can purchase a very nice, quality bike for half that cost and it will last you multiple years. Take a look at a nice local bike shop and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (For those of you who go to Planet Fitness – your $10 or $20 dollars a month adds up too and you are working out in a warehouse with lots of people watching you O.o)

2. There are many health benefits to riding a bike

  • Riding a bike can produce many health benefits. There have been many discussions on the risks of riding a bike and these risks are explored in many studies trying to prove that the benefits outweigh those risks. Some of these risks include, getting hit by a car (obviously), breathing in air pollution, etc. A particular study that I read said that, “for the people who shift from car to bicycle, we estimated that the well -documented beneficial effect of increased physical activity due to cycling resulted in about 9 times more gains in life-years than the losses in life years due to increased inhaled air pollution doses and traffic accidents” (ProQuest). Riding a bike can build muscle, increase cardiovascular health, decrease your waistline, and improve coordination among many other things.

3. It Reduces Your Carbon Footprint!

  • When you ride a bike instead of using your car, you reduce a huge portion of your carbon footprint. For example, riding a bike does not use any fossil fuels. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that approximately 10 million barrels of oil were used each day in 2010. If you have a short commute to work and you choose to ride your bike, you could save hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year in gas! Wouldn’t you rather put that money towards something else, like some new workout clothes?! … Riding a bike also produces no air pollution. By not using any fossil fuels, you are not producing any air pollution. According to CO2 Now, the current carbon dioxide level is 398.35 ppm. This is higher than the defined safe limit of 350 ppm. Each year, the amount of Carbon Dioxide emissions goes up due to the number of people driving cars all over the world. You may think that as one person you don’t make a difference, but that definitely isn’t true. One person leads to another and to another, and soon enonugh 20 people aren’t emitting all those harmful chemicals into the air.

4. It can help you mentally

  • If you have been feeling down or depressed, getting up and going for a bike ride can certainly help. Exercising directly effects the amount of dopamine, the happy chemical, that is released in your brain. When more dopamine is released, this can help decrease depression, increase happiness and fight everyday fatigue. If you are tired when you get out of work, hop on the bike and pedal for a couple of miles. I guarantee you will feel less tired and more motivated to do something else!

5. Parking Spot? Who Cares!

  • A lot of different places in the city and rural areas offer places to put your bike when you arrive there, but even if they don’t you can essentially just use a bike lock to tie your bike to a street sign, a pole, a tree, or a dog (just kidding). But seriously, how often have you been frustrated that you can’t get a place to park somewhere and then theres that one lucky a-hole who took his bike a parked it right out front?

Think about it! 🙂

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How Working Out Can Make Your Life Enjoyable in Every Aspect

I am one of the most lazy, if not the laziest person alive. I hate working out. It is probably the one thing I would choose work over. Why would anyone want to get up out of bed at 5:30 a.m. and go running? Why would anyone WANT to expel this energy for no reason? But let me tell you something, as much as I didn’t want to do it I HAD to do it. I had to do it for many reasons. The first reason is that I was feeling depressed because I was getting fat. I was constantly eating things that I shouldn’t be eating and doing it right before bed. As many of you know, this is horrible if you don’t want to gain weight. Speaking of gaining weight, since I started working in an office, I’ve gained a ridiculous 25 pounds. To some people, it may not look that bad, but when I look down and see pieces of me that didn’t exist before, I realized that I really needed to so something. The first step was eating right. This was the hardest thing I have ever EVER had to do. It was like a heavy cigarette smoker giving them up on day 1. Everything I loved would be consumed in far smaller quantities or not at all. The diet was only the first part though.

I can’t count how many times I have tried to get into an exercise routine and failed. I feel like this is the same song and dance as so many other people in America. BUT! I recently told myself, NO. YOU HAVE TO WORK OUT OR YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. So, guess what? I started working out. To my own surprise, I started getting up at 5:30 a.m. to go running before work and I also started doing a 9 mile bike ride on the weekends and after work in the afternoon. At first, I wanted to puke it hurt so bad to bike up the hills, but now its getting so much more bearable and I feel like a new person. I love the feel of the wind on my face and the tightness in my legs when I get off the bike and I just want to go again. It’s absolutely invigorating.

I also started disc golfing. This is one of the most fun sports I have ever played in my ENTIRE LIFE. For someone who is extremely lacking in talent this is a fun sport and it is a workout as well. Granted, it isn’t as good of a workout as riding the bike nine miles, mostly up hill, but still! I am getting active and I have never felt better. Pushing myself to be better is only helping me in other aspects of my life too. It’s making me want to be more productive at work and it is making me want to get out on the weekends to do more things with my friends. I don’t even want down time anymore. The other day I went for an awesome hike before it started raining. It was amazing I sat up on the cliffs for about an hour and then came back down.

I wouldn’t be doing all of this if it wasn’t for my amazing boyfriend. He has given me the motivation to the off my ass and get going! He even went out and bought me the bike so that we could go biking together. I could have never asked for a more awesome gift from someone who is already strapped for cash to begin with. This is giving me a positive outlook on life and I can’t wait to get paid on Friday so that I can go out and buy some more workout clothes at Target (Their C9 brand is my favorite). I feel like I have so much more time now and that is amazing too because sometimes I feel like life is passing me by and I haven’t got anything to show for it. woman-running221