Tag: Bicycling for fitness

Studies show bike commuting more effective than gym workout

Studies show bike commuting more effective than gym workout
As word spread about Sunday’s article in Grist Magazine* offering scientific proof that bicycle commuting can be a more effective exercise than the typical health club workout, thousands of cyclists worldwide turned collectively to their significant others and exclaimed “see, I told you my cycling obsession wasn’t unhealthy!” The author of the post, bicycling enthusiast... Read more »

Bicycling: Improving Body and Mind for Three Centuries

Bicycling: Improving Body and Mind for Three Centuries
When I hopped on my bike in Lakeview and pedaled downtown to the Dearborn Street Protected Bike Lane Dedication Ceremony last Friday afternoon, I realized that I hadn’t been on my bike in nearly a month. Out in the ‘burbs where I reside, you just don’t see that many cyclists on the road when the... Read more »

Is 2012 the Year You Rediscover Bicycling?

Is 2012 the Year You Rediscover Bicycling?
Think back. Way back.  Back to a time when the toughest decision you needed to make during any given day was which color popsicle you would eat first.  Life was as simple as hopping on your bike and pedaling from one adventure to the next. As long as I was back in time for dinner,... Read more »
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War On Cars and The Cycling Ego

Cycling – city cycling in specific – can certainly stir up the emotions. My last post, War On Cars: Don’t Sweat Emissions or Congestion was a direct rebuttal to John Mc Carron’s Tribune op-ed entitled Chicago’s War on Cars.  I was quite surprised at a recurring theme among commenters; cyclists have an attitude problem. This... Read more »

War On Cars? Don't Sweat Emissions or Congestion

Take a breath and count to three.  Or in this case, somewhere around 170,000…  I think I’ve calmed down enough to comment now. The interwebs are buzzing about John Mc Carron’s op-ed piece; Chicago’s War on Cars.  Some cyclists and motorists are engaged in the usual and predictable battles over who belongs on the road. ... Read more »

Fall Fitness: Taking It Back Inside

Fall Fitness: Taking It Back Inside
Yesterday may very well have been the last sunny day over 60 degrees until April.  That’s a depressing thought… I must admit, I am somewhat of a fair weather cyclist.  I won’t offer any excuse other than laziness and let’s just leave it at that. Unfortunately, my pursuit of fitness doesn’t end when my beloved... Read more »
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This Weekend, See The Forest For The Trees

This Weekend, See The Forest For The Trees
I am going to miss all the green. Already there are subtle reminders that summer has run its course.  Certain trees here and there are exhibiting a little yellow and brown.  The leaves that have fallen are changing colors as they lie on the path.  The tassels on the prairie grass have created a sea... Read more »

Getting Fit By Ignoring The Numbers

Getting Fit By Ignoring The Numbers
I hate metrics. I’m not talking about the metric system, that ill-fated national experiment from the 70’s that brought us two-liter soda bottles, new wrench sizes, and not much else.  I’m referring to numbers – recorded measurements of progress that are the source of endless analysis and constant comparison. Most fitness plans are metrics-driven.  Weight... Read more »

Summer Isn't Over Until We Decide It Is!

Summer Isn't Over Until We Decide It Is!
Ok.  A lot of the kiddies have already gone back to school.  Are we going to let The Man tell us that summer is now officially over?  There’s still a full week before Labor Day weekend! So the stores have taken down the Back To School banners and replaced them with the traditional orange and... Read more »
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Adventure-cising

Adventure-cising
It’s no secret that I look for any excuse to ride my bike. Combining transportation with exercise and recreation is a win-win-win in my book.  Mix in a new destination and the experience is elevated to what I like to call “adventure-cising”. Bicycling somewhere entirely new gets my heart beating faster.  I clip into the... Read more »