Believe it or not, springtime IS just around the corner. Old Man Winter is fighting tooth and nail to retain his hold, but his grip is weakening. Soon, very soon, you’ll be turning a welcoming face to warm breezes and the feel of the sun. Spring is the most joyful time of the year. And for the second year in a row, I will be welcoming Spring by joining the wonderful community of joyful cyclists that is 30 Days of Biking. What better way to ring in the season?? Won’t you join me?
The idea behind 30 Days of Biking is simple. During the month of April, ride your bike every day. Then share it online. On your blog. On Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. Wherever it is you hang out online.
Participating in 30 Days of Biking last year changed so much for me. It changed the way I see exercise – I see now that it can be a joyful thing. It took me from a 30 minutes 3-5 times a week begrudging mentality to whenever and wherever I can fit it in. It made me passionate about bicycle infrastructure. It gave me a whole new way to connect with my kids and my husband.
Why, as a grown adult with a regular means of transportation, should you want to ride a bike?
- it’s fun!
- for killer legs!
- it’s faster than the bus.
- to feel like a kid again!
- it’s good for your health.
- for cardiovascular fitness.
- it’s good for your community.
- it’s good for the environment.
- finding a parking space is a cinch!
- so you can literally stop and smell the flowers.
- to encourage your kids to get off the computer and be active every day!
- it’s an adventure with your kids, whether a quick trip to the park or an all day excursion.
- to experience the world around you, not passively observe it as it rushes past at 50 miles per hour!
You don’t have to live in Portland or Amsterdam to take part. You don’t have to wear spandex or bike fifty miles a day for it to “count”. All you have to do is ride. Ride around the block. Ride to the local store for a loaf of bread. Ride to the park with your kids. Just ride. I guarantee once you start, you won’t want to stop! Pretty soon you’ll be looking for excuses to take your bike out, rather than excuses to sit on the couch!
I heartily encourage you to follow the link, sign the pledge, and follow through. Then check your tires, strap on your helmet, and get out there and enjoy yourself! Tweet about your adventures with the hashtag #30daysofbiking. Like their page and participate on Facebook. I’ll be back from time to time throughout the month of April, telling you about my adventures. You need to have something to say in the comments, right? So go make some adventures of your own!
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