5 Ways A Bicycle Will Improve Your New Year’s Resolutions

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5 Ways A Bicycle Will Improve Your New Year’s Resolutions

With 2018 looming, it’s time to get back to those resolutions we make before the beginning of each New Year. Statistics show that we don’t usually stick to those resolutions until the end of the year, but we still make new ones every year. While some people see this phenomenon as a failure, others argue that as long as we make resolutions, there’s a hope.

Most resolutions are all about us becoming better people, living a healthier life or achieving some lifelong dreams. Come January, we all feel energized and ready to commit to turning our wishes into reality. Still, if we are not absolutely determined and committed to fulfilling our goals, nothing will happen. That’s why it’s important to be very realistic about what we plan to do in the next year. Let’s take a look at how cycling can be a good way to improve many aspects of your life, and why it’s a solid candidate for your New Year’s resolution list. Here are 5 ways a bicycle will improve your year’s resolution.

Fitness and health

Female riding abike through the beach with a backpack

People who cycle regularly are known to be in a better shape than those who don’t. Also, cycling can help a great deal when it comes to losing weight, which is one of the most common problems modern men and women face. The fact that you engage all major muscle groups when cycling means you’ll definitely improve your stamina.

Naturally, the number of hours you can cycle depends on many factors, such as the amount of your free time, the possibility of cycling to school/work and the climate in the area where you live. Still, even if you manage to squeeze in a few hours every weekend, you’re bound to notice some positive effects on your overall health.

Quality time with family and friends

Couple riding bikes through the city park

The fact that you’ve decided to introduce cycling to your life or make it a more regular part of your daily routine than before could be a great invitation for your family members and friends to follow suit. Not only will they also benefit from this activity in terms of health and fitness, but you’ll also be able to spend some great time together on your bikes.

Also, if some of your friends or family members are more experienced cyclists, you can learn quite a lot from them when it comes to maintenance and cycling paths. Likewise, novices would appreciate your input and will be grateful to you for helping them out.

Make it a routine

Female bike rider squatting to locker her bike and facing camera and smiling

If you work or study not very far from where you live and if the area is cyclist-friendly, you should definitely consider commuting to work or school on two wheels. If there are other colleagues who are already doing that, you might even join them and ride in a group, which is almost always more fun.

By turning cycling into a routine, you’re significantly lowering the chances of giving it up so easily, meaning that you’ll not only be healthier, but you’ll also experience the feeling of accomplishment. Finally, you can now treat yourself to some special gifts for cyclists, as a reward for sticking to your New Year’s resolution.

Raise the stakes

Set yourself a challenge of signing up for a ride and keep practising for it. There are usually many such events organised where you live, but you have to be careful not to overestimate your skill level. Don’t sign up for a ride that is too difficult for you or one that requires some special equipment you don’t have.

That would lead to failure, which might easily turn into disappointment, and you don’t want that. Instead, find an event that would make you cycle regularly before it so that you are in a good shape, but also the one you feel confident you can finish.

Learn new skills

Man lying on the floor with bike to one side and bike accessories on the other side

If you’ve never taken care of a bicycle before, now might be the right time. If you learn how to look after your bike properly, not only will you be able to save money, but you’ll also be proud of yourself for learning a new skill. In addition, you’ll learn how to fix some problem that might appear when you’re riding your bike far from any bicycle shop.

Again, you might want to rely on a more experienced friend for help, but you can also find many excellent tutorials online. After all, a little grease never killed anyone, right?

Of course, this list could be much longer, but these are just some of the most important benefits that a bicycle can bring into your life. Probably the best thing you can do is keep an open mind and give it a go. Chances are you won’t regret it.

Olivia Williams Jones

Olivia is psychologist from Brisbane. She is passionate about writing and always inspiring her readers to be clever in their lives.

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