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Taking up mountain biking

Date Added: June 07, 2008 04:45:11 PM
Category: Cycling

Does the thought of exercise bore you? Does running in place on a treadmill make you feel like a hamster on a wheel? Get out and explore your world. From young to old, mountain biking is an easy way to break the monotony of exercise. Therefore, whether it is extreme mountain biking, or a leisurely beach cruise, get out, get fit, and have fun.

Exercising with mountain bikes is an easy way to burn calories, and tone muscles. Even riding slowly, the heart rate is elevated to efficiently burn calories, which will give you the results you are looking for, a toned, fit and happier life.

The majority of people lack the motivation to start, or stay on an exercise plan, but with mountain bikes it is easy. Just ask a friend. Mountain bikes are a great way to get in shape, and see friends and family. Do you want to bring the spark back to your relationship? Schedule weekly mountain bike rides. Not only will you get in shape physically, but also mentally.

After another week in the same office, warehouse, or just at home, it is time to get out. Mountain bikes will get you outside and into nature. See the world, or just your street, and feel better. Biking will re-energize, and invigorate your life.

Determining what trails or paths to follow while mountain biking will depend on your experience as well as level of exercise. If you are new to mountain biking, stick to sidewalks and roads where it is legal to ride. These will offer fewer obstacles, and allow for a more leisurely ride. If it is extreme you are looking for, try state parks with nature trails. These trails will offer hills and uneven terrain, which will make for a more vigorous workout. Whether riding on the street, or a mountain trail, always ride safely. Wear a helmet, use proper reflectors, and choose your route accordingly.

If you are unsure where to ride your mountain bike, ask around. It is a great way to make friends, as well as learn of new places to ride. You could also research trails online, as there are currently countless websites about mountain biking, and trail riding.

Mountain bikes can be dangerous at times, so proper protection is necessary always. Gear that some riders overlook is goggles, or glasses. Some trails may have low hanging branches, bugs, and various safety hazards, that a simple pair of sunglasses could protect against. Safety is most important when riding.

Elbow pads, knee pads, and a helmet are also recommended. Accidents do happen, so it would be wise to protect the entire body with the right gear.

If you are looking to get out, exercise, and experience nature, make new friends, mountain biking is for you. Discover new trails, friends, and exercise at the same time. Before you start mountain biking, get the right equipment. Remember, safety first. Always wear a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, goggles, and carry plenty of water. Have fun, be happy and healthy.

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