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I was recently diagnosed with a stress fracture in the heel of my left foot. My doctor told me that running was no longer an option. At least, not for the next 6-8 weeks. He encouraged me to ride my bike as an alternative.
Exploring the world on a bike is so much different from running. An hour on the bike can take me on a twenty-mile tour. On my feet, I would only cover seven or eight miles. I can see so much more from the saddle of my road bike.
The transition from running to biking was relatively easy in terms of cardiovascular fitness. But, the bike demands a lot from muscle groups that are not particularly strong on runners. This makes it an excellent cross training activity for healthy runners too. The bike will really work your quads and your glutes. I’m talking buns of steel.Want buns of steel? Add biking to your fitness routine. #MakeYourMove @Kohls Click To Tweet
The key to a successful riding experience is comfort. You’ll want to have your bike properly fitted by a specialist, and you’ll want be sure to wear the proper gear. I would highly recommend bicycle shorts with gel padding, bike gloves, and a cycling jersey with pockets for your phone and fuel.
Life’s unexpected detours can often lead to new places. I’m not happy to be missing out on the NYC Marathon this fall, but I’m considering a century ride (100 miles) instead. I’ve got a lot of miles to cover between now and then, but I’m excited about the new challenge.
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Pictured above:Stay safe with these 10 Safety Tips for Beginning Cyclists. #MakeYourMove @Kohls Click To Tweet
10 Safety Tips for Cyclists
- Always ride with traffic and follow the rules of the road.
- Use proper hand signals before turns.
- Carry your phone in case of emergency.
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
- Try not to ride during peak traffic hours.
- Wear a bike helmet.
- Avoid potholes, loose gravel, and glass.
- Use bicycle safety lights when riding in low visibility conditions.
- Watch out for cars turning right directly in front of you.
- Wear bright clothing and make eye contact with drivers.
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