You may have heard that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. But maybe it should be with a single pedal stroke! If exercising more regularly is one of your New Year’s resolutions, here are a few key reasons to beginning your journey with a bicycle – it’s fun, healthy, and flexible! Here’s a brief look at why biking is one of the best ways to get healthy in 2018.
Your Bicycle Is an Essential Workout Tool
The best way to incorporate regular exercise into your routine is to find a workout that you enjoy doing—and few workouts are quite as thrilling as pedaling along an open road. Additionally, biking incorporates constant, gentle motion, which makes it a great fit for people who are just starting their fitness journey or suffer from joint ailments or worry about the long term jarring effects of running or aerobics.
Bicycle Workout Tips
To maximize your comfort and improve the length of your workout, visit your local bike shop such as Eki Cyclery to make sure your bike has the proper fit. While you’re there, ask about Oahu’s bike advocacy organization – the Hawaii Bicycling League. One study published in the Journal of Social Sciences indicated that people gravitate toward the exercise behaviors of those around them—which means that working out in a group may inspire you to work harder than cycling alone. The League website lists upcoming rides and events here: https://www.hbl.org/events/. If you haven’t been on a bike in a while, the HBL also offers a range of free classes that include biking basics, bike maintenance and even a senior adult trike class! Sign up online at https://www.hbl.org/education/cycling-workshops/
Look for opportunities to incorporate your bicycle into your regular routine. For instance, if you’re running a quick errand in town, try riding your bike. Or, set a goal to participate in an upcoming charity bike ride. When you’re working toward a definite goal with a deadline, you might find it easier to incorporate consistent rides into your week.
Above all else, have fun with your workout. Bicycles offer freedom, companionship with other riders, and the opportunity to explore new parts of your town. If you aren’t sure where to get started, ask the experts at Eki Cyclery for pointers. They’ll be happy to help you get riding.
Since 1911, Eki Cyclery has served Oahu as a one-stop shop for bicycles, bicycle parts and accessories and bike repairs. The team behind this locally owned bike shop believes that bike riding is for everyone, which is why they’re happy to help customers find their perfect bike or fix up their existing ride. To learn more about their services, call (808) 847-2005, or visit their website to learn more about their history.