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Bike for Health Sake

Updated on June 6, 2016

I love my purple bicycle. As I get older, I have tried to keep my weight consistent without yoyo dieting. A few months ago I took a jogging class at the university where I work. I got an “A” but ended up with a very swollen knee. As a teenager I injured my knee badly and have been told I need a knee replacement.

I realize that swimming is good, but it is not so convenient for me since I don’t have a pool in the back yard. So, the next best alternative for me is bicycling. This exercise is easier on my knees, and I find it a very enjoyable way to get to work and back home every day and to go on my errands.

Great Grandpa Anderson and his bike
Great Grandpa Anderson and his bike

I also enjoy bicycling with my grandchildren. I have a child seat on the back and the young ones really enjoy going with Grandma.

I did some research to see what advantages bicycling might have over other exercises.

I found that cycling exercises the heart better than walking without the pounding of jogging. I can certainly attest to that fact.

Bicycling is not expensive. I have a very low budget bike, but it gets me where I need to go. The problem with bikes here in Hawaii is you have to lock them up, or they may disappear. Also, they rust because they are out in the rain a lot. With a bit ofWD-40, mine stays in pretty good working order.

Instead of driving in the car, I can get out in the fresh air, meet more neighbors, and perform errands while not wasting money on gas.

Bicycling reduces pollution, which is a biggie these days. I like to show my love for this earth by thinking “green”, and want to do what I can to help out.

I enjoy the burn in my thighs when I cycle, and I know that it is helping to control my weight. I do not plan to be a superwoman, but know that I feel a sense of accomplishment when I park my little bike at the bike stands as everyone else gets out of their gas guzzlers.

I believe another benefit of riding a bicycle is keeping my balance. To keep from running over people and hitting potholes or rocks, it takes a bit of maneuvering and a continual balancing act.

I feel that riding my bicycle will be beneficial in the long run. If I ever decide to get my knee replaced, I know that bicycling will be a good way to rehabilitate the joint.

Once in a while I get some funny looks from children and students since I am a grandma and still riding my bike around, but it doesn’t bother me. My own father is in his 80s and he still rides his bike whenever the weather permits.

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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I still ride my bike every day to work except when it is pouring rain. I hope to be able to keep my balance for a long time and hope this helps. Thanks for commenting heart4thword.

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    heart4theword 

    8 years ago from hub

    Yes, disappearing bicycles may not help with the exercise:) Good, you keep them secured, to help secure your health:) I really didn't think about how riding your bike, helps keep your balance, yet I have seen older people take a bike out and fall, because they hadn't riden in a while? Great advice on exercise:)

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks for your comments cocopreme and UPStar. Yes, I am lucky to live where you can bike almost year round. It does rain alot though and I haven't figured out how to hold my umbrella and ride at the same time so sometime I get drenched. Aloha!

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    Candace Bacon 

    8 years ago from Far, far away

    Great article! I love to bike. Running errands with it is so much better for my thighs and for the planet. If I lived in a big city like Paris, I would bike even more.

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    Candace Bacon 

    8 years ago from Far, far away

    Great article! I love to bike. Running errands with it is so much better for my thighs and for the planet. If I lived in a big city like Paris, I would bike even more.

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    UPStar 

    8 years ago

    I would love to bicycle in Hawaii!! I live in a cold climate, but agree that cycling is a great way to excercise without killing the knees. As I approach 50 mine get more suseptible to injury. Thanks for a great post and a great encouragement!

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    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That's great kysnoopyq42. I hope to lose weight after all the holidays too. Aloha!

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    kysnoopyq42 

    8 years ago from no where

    That's how I lost some of my weight.. thanks for sharing.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thank you for all the comments hubbers! I appreciate it so much. Happy biking. Aloha!

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    Rachaelle Lynn 

    8 years ago from Gainesville, Florida

    Great article! I've been thinking of taking up bike riding myself - you may have convinced me!

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    Lisa J Warner AKA Lisa Luv 

    8 years ago from Conneticut, USA

    You go girl! I can't bike anymore because of a muscle condition but it is a wonderful activity. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for a very good hub. It is definitely one of the best exercises.

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    diogenes 

    8 years ago

    This gets my vote. I walk in the summer and have an inside bike in the winter. Anything else is dangerous and miserable on British roads with this climate. But regular exercise at any feasable age is indispensible for physical and mental health...Bob

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR

    Elayne 

    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are so right Liana. Guess that is why they make stationary bicycles for those that don't live here. I used to have one but don't have room for it now.

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    Liana 

    8 years ago

    One advantage to having a bike in Hawaii--weather in the winter is still good enough to ride in :)

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