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I did enjoy the Bike Conference 2019, which I attended with my friends who are also enthusiasts. It has made me realize the benefits of biking aside from doing it as a hobby, a pastime, and during my leisure stretch. I have not understood then that biking can be used as a means of transportation, that instead of driving my car anywhere I need to be (aside from work since I have to wear a suit), I can use it to bring myself. It is super fun, you know.

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Another good reason for using the bike is that it can save money, especially for students. When I was in university, I used to walk from my house (I was a sorority sister back then) to the school buildings. Some students would use their bikes, but I just prefer to walk before. Maybe because at that time, I do not know how to ride a bike. I swear! My boyfriend at DHL (my first work) taught me how to ride a 2-wheel bicycle, and I have loved it ever since. Anyway, it saves money because you do not have to pay for gas when using a bike and it is true. No gas money means savings. You can also help save mother Earth by using a bike since it does not emit carbon. No pollution comes out of using a bicycle.

A lot of my bike-enthusiast friends say that biking is more comfortable than walking, running, or jogging. Well, it is not for everyone. I mean, if you do not know how to ride a bike (like how I was before), walking would be better. For those who are used to it, biking pretty much gets you on the roll, though. You can use it to visit your family and friends. Actually, this is right.

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Some say that biking activities and events help improve your social skills and make new friends as you hang out with people during the ride and after it. I have a bike group called the “Packers.” We do a 20-km sweep here in our city, the outskirts which have a breathtaking view. There are like ten or twelve of us during the activity, and we do not rush it. Oh yes, it can be an intense exercise session if done vigorously. For us, we enjoy the time spent biking, and we also love looking at those mountains and lakes. At times, we stop just to get that picture-perfect moment when the sun touches the lake. Then, we take our selfies, bike included. It is so much fun. I could never feel like biking is a chore or an extreme workout.

Before I started biking, my weight was about 65 kilos. I am not obese, nor do I find myself fat. The weight, according to my BMI, is on the overweight level, but I did not care about it. To me, I look good, and I feel great. That is what’s important to me. But when I started to peel off those unwanted fats and pounds, I was amazed at how I look so much better than before. My legs were toned. I was beginning to form abs, and I could see some cuts on my arms. It was super! Looking great, feeling awesome, and being healthy all at the same time is just so beautiful. I attribute that to my biking lifestyle. Oh, and I also watch what I eat – but I do have my occasional chocolate cake every weekend. And some cookies during reading time. At least twice a week. Not much. Just enough to curb my craving. I’m human!

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Moving on, biking or cycling regularly also improves our physical well-being. It helps us achieve flexible bone and muscles, gives us a healthy mindset. When you “bike around,” it decreases your depression levels and anxious episodes as it can lift your mood since your body produces endorphins. Biking releases happy hormones. It does boost your fitness levels as well, can correct your posture and coordination, and improve your cardiovascular health.

It may be just for fun, a hobby, or an experience, but they don’t know that riding a bike also develop their sense of balance and their endurance to pain. We try to bike and push hard to cope up and learn how to manage the bike. And when we experience the pain of our first crash, we do not mind the scratches and bruises on our bodies. We only want to succeed. It can be the same for how we deal with things in our lives. Learning how to bike teaches us to have a goal, just like in real life. From the start, we may not know what to do just like in life when we are dealing with problems that are new to us. We are trying our best to accept the challenges while having a bit of fun, and in the end, we will learn how to handle things as we thrive and go on to the road of success—relating that to biking.

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