Outdoor Activity of the Soul

mountain-bikerThe world is such a beautiful place. The sky is so broad, some wonder how it would feel like to fly, and some pursue it through sky diving. Perhaps the gorgeous scenery of the mountains may attract you to do some hiking or camping. Remembering the wonderful scent of the ocean just drives you to go to the beach to swim, grill fish, and relax. All of these are outdoor activities.

To which outdoor activity caught your attraction? Most would either say an activity done on the ocean, and some would prefer the mountains. Have you ever thought of engaging through bike cycling? It’s a wonderful outdoor activity where you meet fun individuals. Let me share a little bit of my experience to help you decide, if you’re still wondering which would be more fun.

The plain and simple answer is that they are all fun. I would even suggest doing all of them. This option however consumes quite a lot of time. If you only have a little bit of time to spare, you could go with the most doable one. Depending on your location, you can engage on an enjoyable outdoor activity without consuming too much of your time going to the designated place.

In my experience, I mentioned bike cycling because my friends suggested we do it all together. Initially I was going for the beach, however with so much repetition of this activity, I’d like a change of scenery. This decision led me, and my friends, to New Zealand. I was quite glad to make that decision, because of that I acquired quite a memorable experience with my closest friend, and even making new ones.

My friend brought up this idea from a pamphlet she read offering a cycle tour in New Zealand. It appears that there’s actually quite a lot of cycle tours being offered, so we just chose one. You can choose any because the people in New Zealand are quite friendly and will be happy to answer questions. You also get to meet other groups and engage into friendly conversations. Even if you do this alone, it’s completely a wonderful experience.

Bike cycling in New Zealand is one of the safest place in the globe to explore around. The scenery is spectacular, leaving your breathless almost each time. Stops are suggested by guides where you can relax and take time taking photographs and sharing friendly conversation with the locals. There was even a time where we just stopped at a random place, staring at the horizon, admiring the beautiful view.

It was certainly fun taking a pleasurable outdoor activity with my friends, and I highly suggest that you do this with your group of friends as well. Even if it rained, we all just had so much fun, we just laughed it off. On the next stop, we were offered to enter a local person’s home and relax, change clothes or even take a shower. It was quite healthy for both the body and the soul, simply an astonishing experience.

A Read for Basic Mountain Bikers

One of the fun ways to exercise and relax is through biking. Not only that you burn fats, but you get to go to places and explore. For starters you begin at your own neighborhood. Then after a few weeks you can start going around your city. However, this would require a mountain bike. Mountain bike are specially made with gears that can help you maintain the right amount of speed and force when biking uphill or downhill. Be sure to choose the correct mountain bike that fits you. This must have the right weight (not too heavy especially if you’re a female) and the correct height.  If you are purchasing a new bike, try it first so as to know if that’s the perfect bike for you.

Now that you have your chosen your ideal mountain bike, and is now ready to bike around the city, make sure to have the safety gears which are very essential. You must have an enclosed shoes, helmet, knee pads, gloves, wrist protection, and padded shorts, elbow pads and shin guards. There are other protective gears but what I have mentioned are more or less the basics. Other than these, make sure your bike is full equipped with a bell, and lights. The brighter your bike at night, the better since this would protect you from other vehicles. Also, make sure you have a water bottle to hydrate yourself every now and then. Lastly, always be ready with a handy first aid kit.

Once you have the correct protective gears when biking, this would give you the confidence to overcome your fears on mountain biking. You are now ready to face possible dangers. Other than having the protective gears, it is ideal to plan where you are going. By doing so, you would already know your preferred route. Best if you also install a mobile application that would guide you and track your biking exercise. There are a lot of bike apps nowadays that shows you how many calories you’ve already burned plus the distance and speed you are taking. This would also add up to your confidence since you have a GPS tracking (just in case you get lost). However, it’s still best to bike along with a group of friends. This is more fun and you would have people who could guide you especially when you are a beginner.

Don’t forget to always maintain your bike, make sure to check the tires, oils and breaks. When you are out to bike always be mindful on any changes that you may hear or feel when biking.  Never risk if you feel there is something odd.

Knowing that you are prepared adds up to your ability to go mountain biking. You may stumble down a few time at the beginning but when you have the correct gears you have nothing to fear when you try again. We all know the saying – try and try again until you succeed. This is still effective especially in mountain biking.

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