The excitement and anticipation of Ragbri may be over, but the health benefits of riding your bike will never be out of season!
Going to the gym, taking walks and running outside may already be a part of your daily routine, but when is the last time you took your bicycle out for a spin?
Health Benefits of Biking
Did you know that 30 minutes of biking each day can burn up to 11 pounds in fat in a year? It's true, bike riding is an efficient and fun way to cut calories. But cycling is more than just a good way to slim down your waistline; it is an activity that is equally beneficial for your body as it is for mind and spirit.
- Strengthens and tones muscles - Biking gradually strengthens and tones your leg, thigh, rear and hip muscles as you peddle.
- Saves your joins - Taking a bike ride puts less stress on your joins than running and walking.
- Promotes heart health - Cycling is a cardiovascular workout that may decrease the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Increases lifespan - Studies show that riding your bicycle daily can extend your life up to 1.5 years longer, all risks considered.
- Improves balance and coordination - Moving your feet in a circular motion while balancing your weight and steering with your hands is good for coordination.
- Supports positive mental health - Exercising releases those feel-good endorphins that reduce stress and improve overall mood.
Biking in Des Moines
Fall is officially here, and there is truly no better season for biking in Des Moines. So whether you are planning a family outing, looking for a way to explore the city or just getting your daily exercise in, the possibilities of where your bike can take you are endless.
Biking in Downtown Des Moines
Cycling is much more efficient than cars when it comes to navigating downtown. Traffic and limited parking are of no concern to riders in Des Moines, who are both welcome and encouraged by the city.
Des Moines B-Cycle
Bike sharing is the economical and convenient way to explore Downtown. B-stations are located all around downtown Des Moines, making it easy and efficient to select a bike and go!
Big Yellow Bike
This is biking on a whole 'nother level. Cycle throughout downtown Des Moines on a Big Yellow Bike, a Dutch-made bicycle that seats groups of eight to sixteen adults. See the city like never before!
Bike Clubs and Communities in Des Moines
Des Moines was named one of the top 50 bike-friendly cities in America in 2012. If biking is something you enjoy doing regularly, you might consider joining a bike club or community as a way to connect with other cyclers in the area.
Des Moines Cycle Club
Calling cyclers of all levels! Join the leading Cycle Club in Des Moines for access to weekly rides, fun and active community, competitive races and other local cycling events.
Get involved with BIKEIOWA to unlock a comprehensive list of Iowa bike rides and events, the latest news in cycling and thousands of photos of riders. You can also visit the site to find reviews and recommendations for biker-friendly trails, lodging and more.
Bike Trails in Des Moines
Des Moines is home to tons of beautiful and accessible bike trails. They provide the perfect escape from the big city as well as breathtaking views you won't get anywhere else. Pack a light, healthy lunch and a bottle of water to make an afternoon trek out of it!
Raccoon River Valley Trail
This 89-mile trail from Jefferson to Des Moines takes you from the lively metropolitan area to the heart of the Raccoon River.
The relatively flat trail extends 6.5 miles from Des Moines to Johnston, taking you through some of the wildest parts of the metro area.
High Trestle Trail
A cycling favorite, this 25-mile trail is paved from Woodward to Ankeny and includes one of the largest trail bridges in the world.
Ready, Set, Go!
Cycling is one of the easiest ways to get moving, and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is here to make sure you are safe along the way. Check out these bike safety tips to make sure you and your family are peddling towards a healthier life!