Want to lose weight, save money, help the environment and feel good all at once? It’s easy! All you need to do is bike to work or school or take your bike instead of a car around town for local errands. There’s a neat little tool on the web that helps calculate the number of calories you burn when exercising. Simply provide your weight and estimated length of time you’ll be biking and it will tell you how many calories on average you’ll burn. It calculated I’d burn 127 calories (the number of calories in a glass of wine) by biking for half an hour at the slow pace of less than 10 mph. Here’s the link to the handy calorie calculator: http://www.everydayhealth.com/Calories-Burned-Biking.htm Last time I filled my tank of gas, it cost me $90.00. I’m not suggesting it’s possible to bike everywhere instead of drive but it amazing how much gas you go through on short trips to the grocery store, dry cleaners, post office and bank. The other advantage of biking over driving is the money you’ll save on parking meters and parking lots. There are some people who bike all year round. Personally, I’m a fair weather cyclist because I’m nervous about riding my bike through snow. But imagine if everyone who worked or went to school close to home decided to ride their bike during the warmer months rather than drive. There would be a HUGE decrease in the number of cars on the roads, thereby, significantly improving the air quality and reducing everyone’s commute time. Finally, riding a bike feels good! It’s a great way to connect with your local community and meet neighbours. Most people spend the winter huddled inside so it’s important to get outdoors as much as possible during the warmer months. Have you pulled your bike out of storage yet? Please remember to take it to your local bike shop for a quick tire and brake check-up. Your bike needs a little bit of loving care too. And please remember to wear a bike helmet every time you ride your bike! Your brain will appreciate it!
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