This week Milan is sunny and can totally feel the Spring in the air therefore I decided that today I will go to work again with my bike – my lovely Mr.Holland.
As I have moved out of the city center than bicycle comes here handy to speed up things and also is a great way to exercise while you are not really exercising – just reaching your destination, which you would need to do anyway – one way or another, so why not use this occasion to burn off some calories and cycling is a perfect way to burn off calories, it is fast and efficient and no pollution!
Some other benefits to bicycling would include:
*complete body workout: toning quads, glutes, and calves while propelling the bike. But working the handlebar sculpts your upper body too, giving you balanced tone.
*calorie burning. According to Endomondo Sports Tracker App, this morning I burned 155kcal in 17,23 min going 5,8 km with a 20km/h. Easy-peasy, and I still have to get home so it would be 300 total. not bad, right?
*Energy boosting and fatigue decrease. Will make you feel more active afterwards even if pedal moderately. Works for me.
*Are gentle on your joints:puts a lot less stress on the knees, ankles, and spine than walking or running. Important that you regulate your seat that make your knee be bent 25% angle (not complete extended or too close to your chin).
Here is some other benefits summed up in a more colorful and visual way! (I do find this more attractive than just, regular list of all good things that does to you).
Sometimes when you cannot afford to have your own bicycle a good thing is to rent it to explore the surroundings or use as a transportation. I did use Milan public transport – ATM shared bikes to go to work 2 years ago and I must say they are really convenient as you find the parking spaces all around the city and they do not cost much. More info on BikeMi homepage here.
Picture posing tip! take pictures while you are still parked position for easier balance!
You see me with a dress on a bicycle- that’s not just for a picture, I do cycle in a dress or skirt as not fan of pants. My secret trick is a scarf or longer skirt so they do not arrive too high and make me the most popular girl on the street making car crashes and men heads turn. he he
This pictures are a logical sequence from a park in Monza (one of he biggest in Europe and nicest too where you can rent a bicycle. More info and prices – you will find here) and how we almost crashed with Maija trying to make a nice selfie.
Looks fun? well than maybe you should try for yourself too!
p.s. a fun tip – if living in Milan and planning ( or someone you know needs to make some big purchase in an electronic store – go to UniEuro – they have a special offer right now where you get a free bicycle if spend more than 399eur. and I must say it is one fancy looking bike (I got it this weekend and should arrive soon, so will be able to update you how cool is it.)