When we say run errands it usually doesn’t involve running or any physical activity other than getting in our car driving for 1 mile for this errand and then driving another 2 miles for another errand. It usually involves waiting in line behind other cars, so you’re not running anywhere. Sometimes it can even involve driving to the gym for a few miles then actually running on a treadmill or even more funny–riding on a spin bike. It’s sad, but socially acceptable due to people viewing life through their windshield. At the same time many people complain about not having time to exercise and lose weight to lead a healthy lifestyle. Enter 30 Days of Biking. It’s a month long challenge, beginning April 1st, to use your bike everyday.
It doesn’t matter how long you stay in the saddle. You can go down your block and come back and that will count as riding your bike for the day. The object is to get you on your bike everyday and discover how something simple like running errands to the post office or picking up a few groceries at Trader can easily be incorporated into your busy lifestyle. In fact I find that living in LA the bicycle is the fastest way to do errands. You need to exercise plus do spend time in line at the post office? Make it active. Burn some calories by hopping on your bike. Hate grocery shopping as much as I do? Make it fun and burn even more calories by riding back with groceries in your basket or on your back. Be careful! The freedom to move on your own power may become addictive.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I was that person who would get in my car drive down on Franklin and wait behind a long line of cars then search for parking at Crunch gym. Even worse I was that person rushing to get into a spin class, frazzled and stressed after driving to ride a bike to nowhere. Looking back at that now all I can do is shake my head and smile about how ridiculous that was.
Here’s my example about incorporating biking daily. I went to the post office and picked up a package using my bike #30daysofbiking.
It’s as simple as that.
It’s still not too late to join at 30daysofbiking.com. Challenge yourself, get healthier and lose some weight. Most importantly it will give you more time to enjoy other activities.