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Ditch the Gym: Ride a Bike

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Let’s have a moment of silence for all those who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride stationary bicycles.

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Ride a BikeDid you know that the average gym membership costs about $45 a month?  That’s $540 a year!  Not only are gyms expensive, they also have equipment covered in other people’s sweat and germs. Gyms can actually be bad for your health, because indoor air is usually poorly ventilated.  When you work out in a gym, you’re actually breathing cleaning chemicals and other toxins.

There are plenty of ways to exercise without having to fork over money for a gym membership.  You can dance, run up and down a flight of stairs, do yoga, or ride a bike.

Say no to stationary bikes!

Riding an outdoor bike is much better than using a stationary bike.  Cycling on a stationary bike is a lighter workout than riding outside, because there’s no wind resistance or challenging terrain.  Plus, you’re not working your upper body as much.  It’s funny how people pay to use stationary bikes when they could get a much better cardio workout outside for free!

Cycling is a great way to stay in shape

Avid cyclists are some of the most aerobically fit people on the planet.  It’s no surprise, because cycling really tones your body.  When you ride a bike vigorously for an extended period of time, you’re working your legs, knees, feet, rear end, pelvic area, back, stomach, and even your arms.

Cycling burns a lot of body fat

Cycling burns about 500 calories per hour!  According to everydayhealth.com, if you maintain a speed of between 16 and 20 miles per hour on your bike, you’re burning about 5.5 calories per pound of your body weight per hour.  For example, a 150-pound person will burn about 825 calories after an hour of riding a bike vigorously!

Cycling improves your posture

When you’re cycling, you’re assuming the upright position (if your bike is the right size).  Being in that position for an extended period of time can do wonders to your posture.  Also, cycling strengthens your abs and back muscles, which naturally lifts your frame and stretches out your spine to its full length.  If you stick with cycling for a while, you’ll get a bit taller!

Cycling outdoors gives you fresh air and great scenery

That’s definitely something you can’t find in a gym.  When you’re cycling outdoors, you’re not only exercising, but you’re also seeing the world!  You’re not letting the world go by – you’re part of the action.  Nothing can beat that!

About the author: Chiara Fucarino is a bike enthusiast and a writer at Cruiser Bikes. Cruiserbikes.com is an online shop where you can find the best cruiser bikes from all brands in one place.

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