Cycling Through Provence In Thirty Minutes or Less
Cycling through Provence. What a lovely thing I decided to do for myself this year on my birthday…which is today. Interestingly enough, I’m not blogging from France. What I did do, was discover the recumbent bike at my gym. What does that have to do with cycling through France, you ask? Well, in the process of healing the ankle injury that I sustained in the spring, my doctor suggested that I return to my exercise program on the recumbent, instead of the upright, bicycle. Just like the treadmill has walking courses on it, the recumbent bike has cycling ones. For my birthday, I selected the Provence, Alpes Cote d’azur, through which to ride. It’s on the southeastern side of France, bordering Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. It’s famous for its lavender fields, olive groves, and pine forests. A lovely place to cycle I would think.
I had not used the recumbent bike as part of my workout, before. My doctor explained that the body position is completely different on a recumbent bike, where you’re more in a horizontal position, with the pedals out in front of you. This causes you to work your glutes and legs harder than on an upright bike. You can’t stand up as if you are on hills, or lean forward to hold the handle bars, like on a racing bike.
Cycling in Comfort
Biking can help with weight loss and cardiovascular health but cycling in the relaxed position of the recumbent bike, offers back support and the ability to stretch your legs out in front of you.
There’s no impact on a stationery bike and no chance of being thrown off one, unless, that is, someone is in line waiting to ride next. That has never happened to me.
Scenic Cycling Views
One of the coolest features of the courses on the recumbent bike is getting to choose where you’d like to go. I get so busy looking at the scenery and landscapes that I often ride much longer than I would if I were not viewing these beautiful vistas around the world. I have an enchanting time and my abs, glutes, thighs, quads, hamstrings, and calves get a good workout.
I often close my eyes while cycling on the recumbent bike. This is not recommended on a regular bicycle. I take deep and cleansing breaths and rest my mind and eyes. It’s lovely. Try it.
For this week’s Enchanted Breath, take a few deep breaths in and out and drop the tension from your physical body. Imagine yourself riding, effortlessly, through some scene of your own creation. Maybe it is a lavender field or a long country road with no cars for as far as the eye can see. Perhaps you’re riding through your childhood neighborhood, past your old school.
Wherever you are, feel the breeze in your hair, and the sun or rain on your face. Decide where you’d like to go and transport yourself there.
Enchanted Breaths are the “ahh, the haha, and the aha! of life.”
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You can ride a stationery bike and find peace at the same time. One of the few times I’ll suggest multi-tasking.