30 Days of Biking

Since it is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, April is a great time to ride your bicycle again! It can be a dirt bike, a racing bike, a recumbent bike, or even a three-wheel adult tricycle. As a last resort (if it’s too rainy to ride outdoors), you could use a stationary exercise bike or a chair pedal exerciser, depending on your mobility.

The 30 Days of Biking website says: “There’s no minimum distance — down a hill and around your garage count just like a 20-mile commute or a 350-mile charity ride. If you miss a day, no worries. Just keep riding and don’t give up! It’s all for fun, or as serious as you want it to be. What matters is we’re all in this together.”

I found conflicting “facts” on Google :

• A general rule of thumb is that moderate intensity biking for one hour is equivalent to 10,000 steps.
• if you bicycled at a leisurely pace for 30 minutes, multiply 116 X 30 to come up with 3,480 steps.
• How many miles on a bike equals 10,000 steps? If you’re cycling on relatively flat terrain with minimal wind, 10,000 steps would be equal to 15 to 18 miles on a bicycle.

When I asked my Pain Physical Therapist (who is an avid cyclist) this question, he said 5 miles on a bicycle would be equivalent exercise to 10,000 steps walking.

So get out your bicycle today, make sure the tires and brakes are in good condition, and get ready to ride!

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