Biking is one of the best exercises you can do. Why? Because it’s low impact, great for cardio, and fun! Many of our physical therapists enjoy biking in their free time because it allows them to explore new areas while getting their recommended daily amount of exercise. Whether you are riding outside or on a stationary bike, biking is a great way to exercise.
When looking to purchase your first bike, think about where you will be riding. Will you be mostly on rough, mountain terrain, or paved asphalt? This can help determine the tire and frame structure of your bike. If you plan on going the stationary route, look at the difference between a recumbent bike or an upright bike.
The kind of bike you purchase can make a huge difference in how you use it. If you get a bike that is too big or small for your body, it increases your risk of injury. Think of your bike size like you do shoe size, it’s based on what “feels right” to you. Local bike shops will have trained professionals that can help you pick the right frame and style for your needs. (To see if your bike is the right size, check out this post from TriShop.com)
As you hit the road, remember to stretch properly before going on any length of bike ride. Follow the video below for an effective stretching routine:
Not only is biking good for your joints, it can also improve your cardiovascular health. Just 30 minutes of biking a day can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. If you need help getting started on your biking journey, check out this post from Live Strong.
As always, be sure to follow all safety and traffic rules for your area.