Quick Tip: How To Buy A Bicycle

Getting on a bicycle is a fun way to get exercise, rather than riding a stationary bike at the gym.

Riding a bike improves heart health, burns calories, and gives your legs a good workout.

A bike will take you to work, help you do errands, bring home groceries, tour new places on your vacation, while improving your health.

Bicycles are designed to be used on different terrain, and for different purposes.  Buying a bicycle doesn’t have to be confusing, if you do your research.

BICYCLE TYPES

Road Bike – lightweight, designed for speed.

Touring Bike – good for long distance. Stronger than road bikes. Good for carrying cargo.

Mountain Bike – wide tires.  Good for rugged terrain. Comfortable.  Not as fast as road bikes.

Cruisers – good for everyday use.

Recumbent: your body is in a comfortable, reclining position so that your weight is distributed on your glutes and back.

Electric Bike: powered by an electric motor, making pedaling easier.  Good for commuters.

Folding Bike –  bike-lovers can take this model with them on vacation.  A  good choice if you lack storage space.

Tandem Bike – an extended frame allows two people to ride one bicycle.  Good for families who enjoy touring.

Cargo Bicycle – sturdy frames, wide tires, heavy-duty racks for carrying cargo such as groceries, sports equipment, or boxes.

BUYING TIPS

  • Rent before you buy.  Renting a bicycle gives you the opportunity to test drive, prior to making a purchase.
  • Buy a used bike.
  • Do online research.  Decide on the type of bicycle you need, and then do a google search to learn more.  Amazon.com sells all types of bicycles.  Check out that site as well.  Choosing The Right Bicycle, is a handy article from about.com.

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU PAY?

Like everything else, you get what you pay for.  Your safety is very important when riding, after all you’ll be out in traffic.  Buy a bike that won’t fall apart, or let you down.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

90 Inspiring Weight Loss Stories

Click on the link to read Inspiring Weight Loss Stories from The Huffington Post, August 10, 2012.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to Weight Loss Success Stories.

Once you’re there, read 90 inspiring stories of everyday people who had the desire to lose weight.  View before and after photos of men and women who now look and feel better. Continue reading “90 Inspiring Weight Loss Stories”

20 Low Impact Calorie Burning Exercises

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To lose one pound every week, you have to burn 3500 calories per week. That’s 500 calories per day.  The right way to reduce calories, is to decrease food intake, and increase your exercise. Consider weight loss as a healthy lifestyle change, not a quick fix to lose a few pounds, so that you’ll look good for a special event.  The idea is to lose it, and keep it off for good through healthy eating. Continue reading “20 Low Impact Calorie Burning Exercises”