Getting regular exercise is extremely beneficial, no matter who you are. But finding time to exercise in busy days full of work, family and social responsibilities are tough, and many people simply can’t find the time in their routine for a workout.
But it doesn’t have to be this way; you can incorporate exercise into your existing routine by turning your daily commute into an opportunity for exercise.
While many Americans drive to work if your workplace is a reasonable distance from your home and you’re traveling solo, why not ride a bike or even a scooter to work? It will take a little longer than driving, but you’ll get plenty of fresh air and a great workout into the bargain.
Riding a scooter – benefits for adults
If you’re riding a scooter for exercise, choose a ‘kick’ or manual scooter rather than an electric version. You’re not really doing any exercise if a motor is doing all the work! Scooting has several benefits, including:
Improved muscle tone
As with most forms of exercise, scooting to work and back will, over a period of time, drastically improve your muscle tone.
It may take a while for you to see results, especially as riding a scooter is easy, low-impact exercise, but you will see a difference – especially if you were very sedentary before.
When riding a scooter, you’re mostly working out muscle groups in your lower body, such as your knees, thighs, calves, and back.
However, if you ride for a long time and maintain good posture, you will get a great core workout from it too! It’s much lower intensity than other kinds of exercise such as running or cycling, but you could still burn a few hundred calories in around an hour. Just be sure not to push yourself too hard – injuries aren’t good for anyone!
Fat burning and weight loss
Exercise burns fat and riding a scooter is no different, especially if you’re going at speed.
When combined with a balanced, low-calorie diet, it can make a significant contribution to a weight loss plan. However, if you are exercising to lose weight, please consult a doctor before starting your regimen, as it is important to do so safely.
Improved mental health
Several studies have shown that spending time outside in the sun gives our mental health a boost – driving doesn’t count, but riding a scooter definitely does! Just half an hour outside in the park every day can help us stay healthy and happy, so switch four wheels for two – you won’t regret it.
When riding your scooter, always wear a helmet – head injuries can be very serious, even if they seem minor at first. A helmet can be the difference between life and death.
You should also check your brakes and tires before every ride and take care when riding around corners or on hills; scooters are a great exercise, but they are not as stable as bicycles.
The trick is to always keep your eyes on the road, and on your surroundings, a safe ride is the best kind of ride!