5 reasons to ride a bike

Biking can be a fun and healthy opportunity for fitness and transportation. This is true whether it’s biking to work or a leisurely family bike ride. But the benefits stretch beyond health – biking can help reduce traffic congestion, enhance your quality of life, save you money and it’s FUN!

Feel like a kid again.

Learning to ride a bike is a defining moment for a kid. Not only do you feel a sense of accomplishment but you also feel a great sense of freedom. That first taste of freedom comes from being able to jump on your bike and go to a friend’s house or ride to school.  We feel a similar sense of freedom when we learn to drive but the novelty of driving wears off over time but the sense of fun seems to remain when you get on a bike. Enjoy that freedom again and ride a bike!

Ride into the sunset.

It’s becoming a popular activity for all ages. It’s one of those activities that you can enjoy doing day after day for the rest of your life. Certain exercises that you might enjoy doing now aren’t going to be as easy to do years down the line.  Starting to ride bikes can help you fall in love now with an activity that you can do for the rest of your life.

Great full body exercise.

When it comes to riding a bike our lower body muscles are the primary muscle group that gets worked but your upper body also gets a workout. Biking can be a great way to strengthen your core and get in a full body workout. It also can burn a lot of calories and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

Another way to get around.

More and more people are using bikes as their primary mode of transportation. If you haven’t been on a bike since you were young, start with a short ride around the neighborhood. Then try running to the store using your bike. Gradually build up your comfort level. Ride to work a few times during the week and see how that goes for a while, then increase the number of days you ride. The goal doesn’t need to be to stop driving to work completely but to give you another method of transportation. Check out commuting by bike for more info.

One of the best resources for biking in southern Nevada is our RTC. Check out their website to learn more about biking.

Healthy Fellowship Guide

The environments in which we live, work and gather, influence many of the choices we make and can either support or hinder our efforts to eat healthy and be active. Places of faith have a special role to play in helping their members live healthy!

Places of faith can be powerful sources of information and can provide an environment that supports healthy choices. This guide provides an overview and instructions to adopt and implement policies, programs and environmental changes that support healthy eating and physical activity within your faith organization.
Download the Healthy Fellowship Guide.

As a faith community member, you are the expert in knowing your members’ needs; how your congregation works and how to generate enthusiasm among your members for these programs. We hope these programs, policies and environmental changes can be easily combined with activities your congregation already provides. If you are interested in more information and ways that you can encourage those you worship with to be healthy, send us an email at gethealthy@clarkcounty.org

Happy Bike Month !

In honor of bike month we want to highlight a video showcasing the efforts of our local Regional Transportation Commission’s efforts to provide bike lanes to residents.