Everyone knows about the many benefits of exercise; you lose weight, shed stress and have an overall healthier body and mind. If you know you should be working out more, but fluorescent-lit gyms or running on treadmills aren't for you, it's time to check out the great outdoors. Mountain biking is fast becoming the go-to sport for celebrities, entrepreneurs, and people who just want to realize their personal best.
The benefits of biking are vast and unique. Best of all, you don't need to be a super athlete to get started! How can biking outdoors enrich your life?
1.You'll Sleep Like a Baby
All exercise will help you get those elusive 8 hours of good sleep, but outdoor biking is unique because you're riding out in the sun. Getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D is only one of the benefits to soaking in the daylight. Your body is much more intuitive than you think and being exposed to natural light will dramatically increase your quality and quantity of sleep. The sun helps reset your internal clock to maximize sleep time and make you more tired when the sun sets!
Add the cortisol reducing and stress-busting benefits of a hard workout and you have a potent sleep elixir that will have you falling asleep, and staying asleep, all night long. Who wouldn't want to wake up refreshed and ready for anything the day has to bring? When you hit the trails, you'll be able to hit the hay a lot better!
2.Anyone Can Do It!
All you need is the proper bike, your own two feet and it's time to hit to open trails! Mountain biking is for everyone, regardless of physical aptitude or the size of your pocketbook. You just need to decide what kind of riding you'll be doing (trails or mountains), what kind of budget you're willing to spend and what kind of bike you'd like to purchase.
There's plenty of resources online to help you select the bike that's right for you. You can join internet forums, Facebook groups or read reviews. Check out the Schwinn Protocol 1.0 review for some excellent information on a highly adaptable bike.
Once you've chosen the perfect ride, it's time to map out your route. If you're a beginner, start small and work your way up to more challenging trails. You can always increase your outdoor time as your strength and skill improve. Make sure you prepare appropriately for a long, calorie burning ride with the right fuel. Eating right will keep you focused and full of energy.