The truth is that none of the people reading this is ever likely to be in the olympics, or the world cup, or the NFL for that matter. Heck, most will never compete in a local 5k, much less have designs on winning one. Admit it, you are far too fond of spending time at the beach with a good book.
But even for you there is a solution. While you are not likely to do much physically when you are at the beach bar an occasional sally into the water, you still have to actually get to the beach. And that’s your chance to join the ranks of the at least marginally physically fit.
Perhaps in days gone by you had designs on owning one of those many speed road racer bikes and getting out for long sweaty fitness inducing rides through the country. Then reality set in and you realized that that was never likely to happen. And along the way you gave up on the idea of ever using a bicycle as a tool for getting in shape. That’s a shame.
While you will never likely go back to the days when being a road racer seemed like a good idea, there are bikes that are probably a perfect fit for the new laid back you. I’m talking about beach cruiser bicycles (follow the link for more information on beach cruisers).
You don’t necessarily have to give up on your dreams of world domination. Cruiser bikes are a version of the hybrid bicycles that are becoming popular these days. While certainly more laid back than hybrid road bikes or mountain bikes, you can still find cruiser bicycles that have many gears. So if the mood strikes you you can bomb your way to the beach like you were young again. At least if the beach isn’t too far away…
But if you have cast aside those dreams, that’s okay. You can get a beach cruise that only has one speed. A nice simple durable bike just like the first ones you had before all the new fangled technology got in the way of a nice ride. And it’s not as if taking a leisurely ride down the road has no utility as far as improving your fitness goes. In fact, more and more professional tell-you-what-to-do types are admitting that any level of effort has positive affects on your well being.
Other components of well being are a good diet and – you’ll like this – relaxation, with the addition of a cruiser bike to your regimen you will be killing two health promoting activities with one proverbial stone. Throw a book in the basket that looks so good on that fat tire bike and would never have gone on your road racer, bike on down to the beach and relax in the sun with a good tale. Fitness and fun all wrapped up in one colorful package.