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When you live in a bike-friendly country like Denmark, summer time equals riding your bike and of course binge watching Tour de France on TV. For many years I was not interested in any bike races incl. Tour de France, but the latter is actually quite a race if you learn what the participants have to accomplish during the course of the three weeks it lasts.
Whether you watch Tour de France or not, it is easy to jump on your bike and exercise. Denmark is fairly flat and does not have hills that are too steep -or any mountains for that matter. You do not need a fancy bike to ride around and when the weather is beautiful it is great just to be outside. A lot of people ride their bikes to and from work, which is a great way to get some physical activity built into your schedule. There are several advantages when you ride your bike to and from work instead of driving your car or taking public transportation. It gives you the freedom to decide over your own time and not adhere to any schedule. One of the advantages is that you don’t have to sit in a traffic jam on the highway. If you cannot normally find the time to exercise, riding your bike to work is a great way to exercise. It takes up to 16 weeks to incorporate a new habit. If you start now, your daily bike ride will have become a habit by autumn and you may have become so happy about biking that you decide to keep it up all year round.
If you going on a long ride, it is important to have the right food and plenty of water. It can be difficult to carry on your bike especially if you only have a small bag. If your bike on an exercise level to and from work, or during the summer to the beach, you can bring a One Meal bar or a shake that fits easily in to your bag. In my experience a lot of people do not eat breakfast before going to work and a One Meal bar or a shake can be a smart choice with a limited number of calories, if you wish to maintain your weight or to lose weight. When eating a bar or drinking a One Meal shake, you get what you need in a meal – and it’s on the go!
If you have not been riding your bike for a while and you think it is difficult to get started, another choice could be trying an electric model. It is a completely different experience and I think most people will find it fun to ride. I know I do. It is definitely more expensive than an ordinary bike, but it is a different experience that just may be worth the money, because you still get a higher pulse and the benefits of physical activity, even though it doesn’t feel as strenuous as riding an ordinary bike. And please – no matter if you are riding an electric bike or an ordinary bike -remember to wear your helmet.
Health consultant, Team Nupo.