Thursday, May 31, 2007

Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving

As the weather warms up around us and more and more neighborhood and ward picnic's start springing up and baseball practices in full swing we find ourselves on the go more and more. That poor car of ours is getting a lot of wear and tear and the gas prices are going through the roof.

Now is a great time to get that bicycle out of the garage, dust it off, pump up the tires and take it for a test drive. There really is no reason to load everyone up in the car just so you can drive five minutes to school or a meeting at the church or a neighborhood BBQ. Jump on those bikes and get up, get out and get moving!

Here are some great reasons to get on your Bicycle:

  • Riding a bicycle at a leisurely pace of 10 to 12 mph, a 155-pound person can burn 423 calories in just 60 minutes, or about 7 calories per minute. Now up that to 14-15.9 mph, and you’ll be burning about 700 calories per hour.
  • It builds muscle, particularly in your quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves.
  • You can control the level of your workout by riding slow or fast on city streets, roads or scenic trails.
  • It’s a convenient, inexpensive way to get around town. Parking is always simple, and you can get some exercise while you’re running errands.
  • It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and do some sightseeing.
  • It helps the environment.
There are not many "more enjoyable" ways to get in shape and stay healthy and there are many, many gorgeous biking trails throughout the state. has some great information on Utah Bicycling Trails.

Northern Utah Trails,
Eastern Utah Trails,
Central Utah Trails,
Southeast Utah Trails,
Southwest Utah Trails,

This post has information taken from sources such as Bicycle Utah and NV Daily.

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