One of the best ways to maintain wellness is to “move naturally.”
Examples of moving naturally include using a push mower, walking the golf course, and climbing stairs. It’s movement that happens naturally throughout your day (as opposed to running on the treadmill at the gym).
A bicycle can help you get lots of natural movement. Especially if you pretend not to have a car.
Last year, I had my bike outfitted with a rear rack and panniers (bike bags) for Mother’s Day. (I use the Sunlite Grocery-Getter bags and love them!)
Having those bags enabled me to ride my bike to the grocery store – or any store, for that matter. I enjoyed biking everywhere all summer and into the fall. When the snow started falling, I tucked my bike away in the garage. (I’m not quite brave enough to bike in the winter.)
As the snow melted away and the weather turned a little warmer, I got excited about getting my bike out of the garage and using it again. Unfortunately, on my very first ride, the left hand break stopped working. So I put it back where it came from.
My poor bike sat in the garage for several weeks until I got my act together and rode it down to one of the local bicycle shops. I showed the owner (who is a really nice guy!) my broken brake and asked if he could give my bike a nice springtime tune-up.
Last Sunday, I got my bike back. It was like brand new! It was clean, the brakes worked – really well, and it rode so much better thanks to having the right amount of air in the tires.
It was totally worth it!
Of course, if you’re handy and enjoy lubricating chains, you can do the tune-up yourself. There are multiple “how-to” articles online to guide you through the process.
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