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5 Ways to Experience the Benefits of Cycling When You Can’t Ride

Posted by Sara on

5 Ways to Experience the Benefits of Cycling When You Can’t Ride

Nothing can compare to the freedom and exhilaration you feel when you ride your bike. Long rides in the sun and short rides to the park alike can help alleviate stress, strengthen your body and heart and can create positive feelings of joy and an inner sense of accomplishment.

We’re experiencing the ups and downs of fall, and soon, winter which means less time on our bikes and more time indoors trying to achieve that same magnificent feeling we get when we ride. It seems like it’s an impossible accomplishment, but with the right combination of activities, you can reach the seemingly incomparable elation achieved when you’re out for an afternoon ride. Here are a few things you can do on those days when cycling is simply not possible.

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Meditation - Deep breathing and intense focus can help you experience one of the most beneficial aspects of cycling. When you’re concentrating on reaching the top of that hill or reaching your 20 mile goal, deep breathing and intense focus certainly have a place in your success. Practicing meditation can help you maintain that focus during the “off-season” so that when you’re back on your bike, you can reach that part of yourself that you need to tap into to reach your end goal more successfully.

Stationary Bike - If you own a stationary bike, you can achieve some of the same cardiovascular, strength and endurance benefits you achieve when you’re riding your bike outdoors. Make sure you select programs that are similar to your typical ride when you can so that you can maintain the muscle memory when you’re able to actually break away and enjoy a random ride outdoors on those strange, but lovely, 65 degree Colorado January days.

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Enjoying the outdoors - Taking a stroll outdoors, no matter what the weather, can help you stay centered in your being. Whether the weather is cool and cloudy or snowy and chilly or sunny and crisp, being outside can help you reach your goals in many different ways. Stress and the clouds that drift through our minds keeps us from getting to where we want or need to be. Sometimes a walk outside clears those mental cobwebs and helps to clarify and filter through the caverns of our true selves until we reach clarity and flow.

Hiking - This is not the same as taking a leisurely stroll through the outdoors, which is lovely and beneficial, as we’ve discovered from the description above. This is all about getting that heart beating and muscles working and deep breathing activated. Keeping your muscles strong and active through hiking can help you maintain the stamina you need when you have those rare, but much-appreciated days when you can hop on your bike in the middle of winter.

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Skiing - Cardio, muscle response and strength. These are all aspects of the best parts of skiing and cycling. If you want to keep your mind, body and muscles in top shape for getting back on that bike and achieving your daily goals without a hitch, get your feets on some skis regularly.