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Bike your way to better health

biking familyWith the Tour de France highlighting the sports coverage this summer, you may want to consider the health benefits of riding a bicycle. No, you’ll probably never race in the Tour, but even at a modest pace of 10 miles per hour, a person weighing 160 pounds could burn 300 calories in just 45 minutes—at three times a week that could equate to more than 13 pounds lost in a year.

Not sure how to get started? Trying joining a cycling club geared toward beginners or biking with friends or family. Live close to your job? Meld your workout and your commute by biking to work! Just be sure to visit a reputable bike shop or fitness store for the appropriate safety gear before heading out on the road.