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City Cycling For Fitness Benefits
For anyone reading this, it’s highly unlikely you need to be told about the benefits of cycling in terms of health and fitness. Cycling for fitness is universally-agreed to be a beneficial choice and one that anyone seeking to reach fitness goals would do well to consider.
However, there’s when contemplating cycling for fitness, there are two problems many people encounter. First and foremost is the issue of static cycling, which is regularly – and sometimes correctly – dismissed as “cycling to nowhere”. Cycling on a static bike at a gym does offer health benefits, but let’s be realistic: it’s boring. The physical exertion to remain in the same place just isn’t worth it, and given how large a contributor boredom is to people abandoning their fitness regimes, urging anyone to use a static bike regularly simply isn’t good advice. The solution, then, is to cycle outdoors – a genuinely great choice, with the changes of terrain offering an enhanced workout, combined with the mental health benefits of being outside… but what if you live in a city?
The Problems With Cycling In A City
Between the car drivers who seem to be furious at your desire to (legally) use the road and the ever-present fear that you’ll end up in an accident that results in you needing to find a lawyer and nurse an injury, city cycling just isn’t a promising prospect. The simple truth is that, when living in a city, your cycling choices can feel extremely limited. You can “cycle to nowhere” on a static bike, or you can risk life and limb by tangling with the traffic. As a result of having nothing but two outright poor options, many city dwellers simply decide that cycling just can’t be a part of their exercise regime.
There Are Solutions To This Issue (Though They Are Limited)
If you live in a city and want to cycle, then there are a few solutions you may want to try. Cycling during quieter times of day is the most obvious one; early in the morning or late in the evening are your best choices. Secondly, you may also find it beneficial to choose routes that are primarily residential within the city. This should mean a lower traffic flow and a lower likelihood of inhaling toxic fumes that may occur when cycling on a particularly traffic-dense arterial road. You may not be able to find a perfectly quiet neighborhood to cycle through in a city, but an area that is away from the heaviest traffic will be more beneficial. Finally, you can increase the bang for your cycling buck by carrying weight on your bike. This means you should be able to cycle for shorter periods while still achieving the same fitness benefits. As cycling in a city can be so difficult, the less time you have to spend on the roads, the better.
If you live in a city, incorporating cycling into your fitness regime is undoubtedly problematic. However, if you’re determined to give it a try, the options above may allow you to finally experience the numerous health and fitness benefits that riding a bike is able to offer.