You have made yourself the promise to get into your desired shape over the summer before the new school year begins. For some however, you may have found that the ‘new diet’ that you’re currently following is not working fast enough. So, why not try to add a little cardio into your daily schedule? Not only will biking eat away the calories, but also it will increase stamina and muscle strength while reducing stress levels.

People often underestimate the power of the bike. Of course it can get you to and fro, but at the same time you can get an amazing workout that will get you/keep you in your desired shape. No matter where you go, you will always have the ability to bike. Whether you are biking on A1A in Florida, in a spinning class in the Big Apple or on a back road somewhere in Maine, the possibilities are endless! Don’t worry if you aren’t up to the speeds of those in the Tour du France, the largest step is always taking the first step—getting started and motivated.

The first step of beginning this new journey takes outlining and following a schedule. An example would be as follows: start by biking for 20 minutes every other day. Every week add 10 minutes onto your biking schedule until you find a reasonable length of time and distance that you can handle on a daily basis. Once you have reached the distance, try to speed up your bike ride and shorten the time that it takes you to cover the distance. For instance, if it takes you 40 minutes to cover the distance of 10 miles, try to accomplish it under 35 minutes on the next go around. 

As Albert Einstein once said, “Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” In the journey of life, you must at least start by getting onto the bicycle. Right now is the time. Go ahead and get on the bike!