COVID-19 has had us social distancing and quarantining for so long that some of the most routine aspects of life have become obsolete. A night out with friends is, quite literally, out. Casual interactions with new acquaintances have gotten even more awkward — you'll be met with shaking heads if you try to shake hands.
Some days, it feels like we're forgetting what "normal" looks like. Despite this, it's more important than ever to maintain healthy habits and routines. And you know what they say... you never forget how to ride a bike.
Many have turned to the bike after the gym or office turned them out. The open road allows for exercise and fresh air, without dangerous proximity to others and their germs. Biking can do more than fill an idle afternoon of social distancing, however. When you warm up your wheels, you can look forward to:
As a low-impact activity, biking's benefits can be enjoyed by people of all ages! Get out with your friends or family — just make sure to take the appropriate precautions.
Not yet convinced? Here are some encouraging stories to get you out on the road... or at least get your smiling.
After a shocking discovery on the effects that pedaling can have on Parkinson's disease, thousands of patients have been able to bike towards some relief. Not only can it ease symptoms, but it can also provide a sense of hope, accomplishment, and community.
Cycling has also been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers, bone disease, and arthritis. There may be many troubling things in our world right now, but with biking, it doesn't have to be all bad news!
2020 has taken us down many unexpected paths. It's about time you get to forge your own. Stay safe, stay active, and stay cycling!
Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.
Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike!
Sometimes the world seems so dangerous. We worry about accidents, cancer, and criminals potentially lurking around the corner. Actually, there's a much quieter, much closer concern that many of us overlook.
Inactivity is currently the world's fourth leading cause of death. It's a problem often confused and conflated with laziness and personal choice, but in reality the issue is geographic, systemic, and woven into the structure of modern living. (EuroNews)
That statement may sound shocking, but the numbers back it up.