Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more people to giving biking a try. National Bike to Work Week 2015 will be held on May 11-15. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Here are some healthy bicycling tips to kick off National Bike Month:
Bicycling at a leisurely pace of around 10 miles per hour is good for transportation or light exercise and is a moderate aerobic activity. This pace is appropriate for inner city travel, and riders can cross through different types of terrain, bridges and even snow. Depending on your weight, this activity burns approximately 263 calories per hour.
Bicycling is a great cardiovascular exercise enjoyed indoors or outdoors. People at all fitness levels benefit from bicycling, such as building leg strength, especially thigh or quadriceps muscles. Due to its non-weight bearing position, bicycling is considered low-impact and easy on the joints, making it an excellent exercise for those with lower extremity joint pain and arthritis. Low-impact and cardio qualities of bicycling make it a great way to cross-train and recover from high-impact activities such as running as well.