Although we have not posted about fitness as much this year, it is still a huge part of our lives. Staying in shape and exercising regularly is a great way to relieve stress and it may seem hard to believe, but such a small thing like consistent exercise helps us to stay sane most days. It’s a great way to meditate and to get out in nature and enjoy God’s wonderful creation. It’s also makes for great alone time or self-reflection. We both find that taking care of our bodies has a domino effect on other parts of our lives. When we are fit and healthy, we feel better about ourselves and days are just better when you feel good!
Now that the weather is getting warmer and tornado season is wrapping up I am starting to commute by bike into work again. I usually commute to work 2-3 times a week, this is a great way for me to get a good portion of my weeks miles in. I may have posted about this earlier, but I participate on local bike teams here that compete in different mountain and cross bike races. My commute to and from work is about 35 miles, so by the time I get home I have a solid 2 hours of riding completed. This has been a great way for me to build endurance for my longer bike races. Here’s a time lapse of one of my winter commutes to work. I was able to use a GoPro camera and attach it onto my bike to capture this video.
If commuting by bike to work, home, or wherever is something you are interested in, I recommend to start small. Try cycling just a few miles around a local park or neighborhood before you aim for 35 miles. You can do it if you want to! A great motivator is to sign up for a local non-competitive race. As you build your endurance, you may find a new passion like I did!