Thursday, December 31, 2015

What is your "Hoverboard"?

Iron Riders Dallas Cycling Club


This Christmas we saw a slew of people buying "Hoveboards".  "Hoverboards are self-balancing scooter boards that allow you to move about with minimum effort. No cardio here folks, not much strength or fitness gained. 

What is your "Hoverboard"? What is preventing you from being active or being more active?  We all have them.  We all have those areas in our lives that prevent us or blocks us from doing what we need to do to be healthy.

My challenge to you... Resolve to ditch your "Hoverboard" to eat healthier and exercise more!  I am proclaiming 2016 is your year...your year of health! 

Cycling is one way to ditch your "Hoverboard" and get started on a path to fitness.  Get back to the fun days of your childhood when you and your buddies would hop on your two wheels and just take off for the day.  Stopping only at someones garden hose to get a drink of water to cool off.   Having fun and staying fit!

Here are a few other reasons to ride!

Get Fit:
Cycling is good for your heart.  According to icebike.org , 20 miles a week on a bike can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by 50%!  You will also increase muscle making you stronger and more fit.  Your respiratory system is also affected, as your cardio improves your lungs will improve!

Lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes:
Get moving, it has been suggested that 30 minutes of exercise per day can decrease your risk up to 40%!

Mobility:
As you spend more time on your  bike you will increase your joint mobility helping to protect your from arthritis.

Depression:
Bicycling.com writes that regular exercise is not only good for the heart but good for the mind. Reports show that regular time spent sweating can help regulate brain chemistry and put you on the path toward a healthier, happier life.

Illness:
Riding 30 minutes a day up to 5 times a week, you are less likely to get sick compared to those who are sedentary.

Although I have listed a few reasons there are so many other reasons why you should trade your "Hoverboard" for a bike.  There is really not reason not to ride.  You do not need a fancy expensive  road bike either.  There are some nice bikes on the market at your local retailer that wont break the bank.  I have a mountain bike I paid $150 for years ago and it is still works like a charm.  If the local discount store is not your thing, look at different online swap sites or online market place such as eBay.