May is National Bike Month and bike enthusiasts are encouraging everyone to ride their bikes “there.” “There” can be anywhere — to work,to the store, at the park, or any place you want to go.
The Bike League is encouraging new bikers to share photos of themselves on social media using #BikesUnite along with their reasons to ride.
Biking has so many benefits including providing exercise, improving stress and anxiety.
Bicycling is a great low-impact exercise. So, if you suffer from an illness or injury that prevents high impact exercises like running, hop on a bike.Not only does biking go easy on the joints, it helps cardiovascular system as well.
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According to the Mayo Clinic, exercises eases symptoms of anxiety and depression.It does this by releasing endorphins and other natural brain chemicals that make you feel good.It’s also hard to think about worries when you are focusing on the road or path.Other emotional benefits include boosting confidence, increasing social interactions and a healthy way to cope.You don’t even need a lot of — just 30-minutes three to five days a week.Even smaller amounts, 10 to 15-minutes can make a difference.
To start bicycling, you need, well, a bike, a helmet, and you should be familiar with the laws of the road.Read about Georgia’s laws here. In short, anyone under the age of 16 must wear a helmet, vehicles passing a bicyclist going the same distances needs to leave at least three feet of space.If you are above the age of 12, you can’t ride on the sidewalk since bikes are considered to be vehicles.As vehicles they have to adhere to the same laws as other vehicles — no operating under the influence, and go with the flow of traffic. If you aren’t ready for road rides, find a park or a path and give it a go.
Whether you are looking for exercise, stress relief, or a new hobby, May is a great time to hope on a set of wheels and explore. To read more about the benefits of cycling, visit here.
May Day observances include:
May is full of observances. According to National Day Calendar.
Monday, May 10: National Clean Up Your Room Day, National
Lipid Day, National Shrimp Day, National Washington Day, Mother’s Day.
Tuesday, May 11: National Eat What You Want Day, Foam Rolling Day, Twilight Zone Day, Women’s Checkup Day.
Wednesday, May 12: Limerick Day, Odometer Day, Nutty Fudge Day, Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
Thursday, May 13: Crouton Day, Frog Jumping Day, Apple Pie Day, Fruit Cocktail Day, Receptionists Day, Third Shift Workers Day.
Friday, May 14: Decency Day, Dance Like a Chicken Day, Underground America Day, Buttermilk Biscuit Day.
Saturday, May 15: Peace Officers Memorial Day, Chocolate Chip Day, Nylon Stockings Day, Endangered Species Day, Defense Transportation Day, Pizza Party Day, Bike to Work Day, NASCAR Day.
Sunday, May 16: LGBT Elders Day, Barbecue Day, Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day, Love a Tree Day, Mimosa Day, Piercing Day, Sea Monkey Day, Biographer’s Day, Coquilles Saint Jacques Day, Armed Forces Day, Learn to Swim Day.