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Liz Neporent, MA

Bicycling Basics

Bicycling (Biking) WorkoutBiking isn't only fun, it's great exercise. It brings a new meaning to the words "training wheels."

For those of us who don't like exercising indoors, bike riding is a great way to get exercise and to get somewhere in life. Ride with friends or family, or go solo and let your daydreams keep you company. Run errands, commute to work or just go out and pedal hard to feel the wind in your face. Ride the road or hit the trails. With modern bike technology, almost no area is out of bounds.

Upside of Bicycling

  • Biking is one of the best fitness activities for whole families to enjoy together.

  • It’s also a great stress-busting solo activity.

  • Cycling is the one activity that allows you to cover some real distance.

  • There are plenty of biking tours available now through various regions of the country or world.

  • Biking is good for the planet’s health as well as your own. Why drive to the market for a loaf of bread when you can have fun getting there?

Downside of Bicycling

  • More than most outdoor activities, bicycling is subject to the vagaries of the weather.

  • High speeds and relatively little contact with the road don't mesh well with wet or icy conditions.

  • Road safety is key. Bicycling on roads filled with car traffic can add to your stress level instead of reduce it.

  • The road isn't the only thing that's slippery when wet. Brakes are, too.

  • Long, frequent rides can strain the neck, back and arms and even impair men’s fertility.

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Review Date: 11-08-2007

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