cially when it’s cold.” On the way home, he
often takes longer routes to sneak in a few extra
miles. Not being stuck in traffic in your car is a
definite stress buster, says Dr. Martinez.
What’s more, bicycling is low impact,
easy on the joints and, depending on the type
of bike you ride, may improve core strength.
Road bikes that put you in a more forward
position, for example, where you must support your upper body, help to strengthen
Heidi Mylo, 44, of Venice Beach,
California, rides 14 miles round trip daily to
her chocolate shop in Pacific Palisades. The
Costco member has been riding for four years
and says she not only lost weight and eats
healthier but is fit and stress-free from her
daily commute. She is gloomy when it rains
and she’s forced to drive. No matter how
tough her day is, with a view of the beach and
the sunset behind her on the bike path, her
stress evaporates. “I’ll be doing this until I
can’t ride a bike anymore,” she says.
With bicycling being kinder to the envi-
The Costco Connection
A variety of bike styles, including comfort,
road and trail bikes, and bicycle helmets are
available at Costco and on Costco.com.
ronment, saving on gas and promoting fitness, combining your workout with your
commute is a win-win. The only downside,
says Dr. Martinez, is cycling doesn’t build
bone density the way running and other
weight-bearing activities can. Women who
are concerned about osteoporosis and preserving bone health should add walking or
weightlifting to their routine.
However, cycling yields long-term benefits of improved cardiovascular health, lower
blood pressure, increased lung capacity and
improved metabolic function, so you burn
more calories even at rest. Most cyclists say
riding provides a heightened sense of well-being, confidence and improved community
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