Unless you have totally just not been paying attention to any form of medial lately, then you probably know that the best thing for your long term health is to exercise for at least thirty minutes a day. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight or not, by exercising at least thirty minutes a day you decrease the chance for health problems and increase the chance of living a longer, healthier life.
While everyone knows that getting thirty minutes of exercise a day is important, most of us lead extremely busy lives and finding thirty minutes to devote to exercise can be nearly impossible.
Cycling is Great for Low Impact Exercise
When it comes to finding the time to exercise there is one option that many people never consider and that is cycling. Cycling is just as effective as running or walking but does not have the high impact on your joints that jogging does.
Not only is cycling less impactful on your body, it is also a lot easier and faster than walking or jogging as well. By cycling thirty minutes a day you are getting the exercise you need without destroying your joints in the process. The trick is of course finding the time to cycle.
Riding Can Be Done Anytime
The truth is that no matter how busy you are, there are several ways to introduce cycling into your life. The first and probably easiest way is to ride a bike to work. While this doesn’t work for everyone, it can work for people who live within a few miles of work.
By cycling to and from work you can easily achieve the thirty minute mark. Now, someone is probably reading this and thinking that if they cycle to and from work this will mean they have to take more time. While this thought is understandable, its actually not very accurate.
If you live within a few miles of work chances are you take surface streets to get there in a car. The average speed limit on most surface streets is thirty miles an hour and guess what? The average speed of a person on a bike is around thirty miles per an hour.
Once you figure in the time you spend at stop signs, waiting to turn on a road and other factors you actually wind up with a situation in which you are saving yourself time by cycling because you can navigate streets and roads much more easily.
Ride A Bike During Lunch
While cycling to work is great for people who live close to their jobs, it may not be so easy for those who don’t. If cycling to work isn’t realistic then a great alternative is cycling on your lunch break. Chances are you can fit a bike in the trunk of your care, and most buses and trains now have bike racks as well.
By taking your bike with you, you can pop out to your car, pull out your bike and enjoy a half hour of cycling in the middle of your day. This not only gives you the exercise you need every day but also is a great way to recharge your batteries.
In the end there are lots of creative ways to make time for cycling, you just have to decide to do it.
Ross Davis is a mountain bikes enthusiast who races several times a year on some of the most exciting trails in the country. He also writes for several cycling publications and websites.