Challenges/ Cycling

14 Days to a Healthier Heart, Day 2: Time for a Bike Ride!

Hey everyone! I want to thank you all for showing Laura such a warm welcome for her 14 Days to a Healthier Heart kick off post yesterday ” did you try her awesome Crock Pot Black Beans Recipe? I gotta admit I haven’t tried it yet ” but I will on the weekend. Instead I packed a meat-less lunch and brought it to work, then made my black bean and quinoa salad for dinner ” YUM!!

Today, for day 2 of the 14 days to a healthier heart challenge, I challenge you to …..Ride a Bike!

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In June I ‘m participating in the Ride for Heart along with fellow Fitfluential Ambassador Morgan Shuker (Life After Bagels). I’ve been training for the 75K ride by going to a spinning class once a week ” usually on Mondays on my lunch. Yeah ” I know it’s Wednesday today, so I got up early and went to an early morning RPM Spinning class at the GoodLife Fitness near my house.

The cardiovascular workout you get from riding a bike is good for your heart because it helps to:

  1. Strengthen your heart
  2. Improve circulation
  3. Reduce bad cholesterol (HDL)
  4. Improves your mood (reduces stress)

Many people can’t run because of knee and hip problems, so cycling is a great alternative. Bike riding is also one of those things that we don’t think to do in the winter, but it actually can be done year round…

  • bundled up outside
  • in a spinning class at the gym
  • on an exercise bike at home or at the gym
  • or in your basement with one of these bad boys:
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So go on now – go ride a bike, and bring the kids with you – both your heart and your kids will be glad you did!

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  • Laura
    February 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Thanks again for having me! I enjoyed getting to connect with some of your readers.

    I love spinning, too! I usually go Mondays and Wednesdays, so I’ll definitely get on the bike today. 🙂 Congrats on training for a 75k!

  • Kodjo
    February 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Janice,
    I agree with biking as an alternative to knee-engaging aerobic exercises, but biking in the winter may be tough! 😉