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Fitness Friday: H3 Summer Biking Guide

Biking is awesome exercise but you should be properly prepared before you start pedaling this summer. Use these tips and benefits so you can bike like a pro!

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1. Pre-ride Checklist:

  • Check your tire pressure.
  • Seat Height – when standing on the ground, your seat should be at your hip height. When sitting on your bike, the leg which is extended should have a soft knee (not completely straight but not too bent either).
  • Grab your helmet.
  • Fill your water bottle to stay hydrated.
  • Make sure you have a blinker/reflector if you’re riding at night.
  • Wear bright/neon clothing on dark or rainy days.
  • Plan your route before you start riding.
  • Wearing headphones/earbuds is highly not recommended.

2. Sitting Properly:

  • Practice good posture – sit up straight and remember to not slump over the handle bars.
  • Knees should bend with your knee caps facing forward, not out to the sides.
  • Knees should never hyperextend, always keep a slight bend at full extension.

3. Riding Etiquette:

  • Ride in the same direction of traffic.
  • If there is a bike lane, USE IT.
  • Use signals to indicate turns and stops.
  • Follow all traffic signals.
  • Always pass on the left, and verbally communicate when passing: “coming up on your left” or “passing on your left”.
  • Be predictable. Make drivers, other bikers and pedestrians aware of your actions.
  • Give yourself space between other bikers, pedestrians, and cars.

4. Benefits of biking:

  • Reduces CO2 emissions.
  • Strengthens your quads, hamstrings, calves and abdominals.
  • Low impact exercise with less wear and tear on your joints.
  • Get great exercise and take some time for yourself while riding to and from work!
  • Increase energy AND boost endorphins!
  • Biking is a cardio workout, therefore, strengthening the heart and improving oxygen exchange to the whole body.

Get out and RIDE!! Enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful environment around you!

 

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