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Summer Cycling

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It has been a perfect summer for cycling. Whether you're young or old, athletic or sedentary, bicycling is an enjoyable and healthy way to travel and experience the outdoors. When done vigorously, it can also provide a good cardiovascular workout and burn up to 500 calories an hour. A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that women who cycled regularly were less likely to gain weight over a 15-year period than their non-cycling counterparts.

If you have not been bicycling and want to start, do some research on the model of bicycle to ride and the safety rules of the road. Always wear a helmet when you ride. Once you are ready begin slowly. Pedal just 30 minutes or so a day on flat terrain for the first three or four weeks. Gradually increase the intensity of your riding and choice of terrain, adding hills for a better workout.

You have many more months of summer and fall to experience the joys of bicycling in Maine. When the winter weather returns, you can stay in cycling shape by taking a class at the Y. Enjoy!