Riding a bike burns calories. Period. But it can also be so enjoyable that you’ll forget about that part. Here are five ways to make riding outside unbeatable:
1. GATHER YOUR GANG
Riding in a group is safer and more fun. Plan a day to commute or gallery-hop together. You can also join me in the “No Excuses Crew” challenge on MapMyFitness (we’re pledging to log 16 workouts in 30 days). If your workout is the priority, then find a group ride (start by asking at your local bike shops for ride info). Keeping up with the pack can be challenging but also makes you feel like a superhero!
2. ROCK YOUR TUNES
I know, I know, playing music in public is generally a no-no. But as long as you’re staying in-motion, you’re only subjecting the world to your Katy Perry/Major Lazer mashup for a few seconds as you pass by. Besides, it’s a great way to announce your presence. Like having a bell, but with a beat. Try the Celtic Blu Tallboy speaker that fits in any water bottle cage!
3. REMEMBER: IT’S THE DESTINATION, NOT THE JOURNEY
Oh, wait, I mean, pick a great place to ride to! It can be easy to bail on long rides if you don’t have a destination worthy of the miles. Pick a great spot you’ve always wanted to go, and challenge yourself to ride there! The beach is always my go-to. But climbing mountains is another way to get a killer workout with a big pay-off.
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4. TEST OUT NEW GEAR
A handlebar bag filled with snacks. A new kit. Fatter tires. Any of these things can change your whole experience on a ride. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to break the bank. Many bike shops have demo days where you can ride a fancy new whip for free!
5. MAKE IT A MULTI-DAY ADVENTURE
Cycling from one place to another can make you feel empowered. Like, “I’m in a whole new city/place and I got here using my legs!” You’ll also get to take in the views and the food along the way. Your idea of a vacation will never be the same.
No More Excuses: The Time is Now! Join our No Excuses Crew and the Under Armour Women Ambassadors and log 16 workouts in 30 days to be eligible to win a $500 Under Armour gift certificate.