Why You Should Get Out to Ride This Week

Why You Should Get Out to Ride This Week

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We’re always giving you new ways to #GetOutToRun, but this week we challenge you to get out to ride in honor of National Bike to Work Week (May 15-19).

Not only can commuting on two wheels save time, money, and the environment, biking is also great cross-training for runners.

According to our experts at Hospital for Special Surgery, cycling:

  • Gives your joints a break from running on hard surfaces while still stressing the cardiovascular system.
  • Can improve muscular strength and endurance.
  • Works muscles in different coordinated patterns than running does.
  • Can increase efficiency in running form.

Keep in mind that biking one mile is easier than running one mile. To ensure you’re getting a good workout, go for time instead of distance.

Your commute is a great opportunity to squeeze in a cycling workout (or two). If you’re hesitant to try it out, consider these tips on overcoming your bike-commuting concerns, courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists.

You’re… worried it’ll take too long.
The average commuter travels at 10mph; the more you ride, the faster you’ll get.

You’re… thinking It’s too far!
Try riding to work and taking public transportation home, then alternating the next day.

You’re… wondering where to shower.
Most bike commuters don’t shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry. Or pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding.

At the end of the day, ride home at a faster pace for a good workout; shower when you get there.

You’re… not sure where to park or lock up your bike.
Try a bike share like Citi Bike. Or ask at work about bike storage in your building or office.

You’re… not familiar with biking in the city.
Ride your route on the weekend to find the easiest and safest way to work. And always wear a helmet, even if you’re going the bike-share route.

You're... concerned about staying safe.
Obey traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns, and stop at lights. Read this cheat-sheet for riding with traffic and these tips on using bike lanes

Still feeling nervous about getting behind the handlebars? Bike New York offers a free eight-week Bike Camp for Grown-Ups, held in Flushing on Thursdays or Saturdays throughout May and June.

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