May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and National Bike Month. We’ll be highlighting the benefits of active living and physical activity in Houston all month long!
Physical activity is beneficial for our minds and bodies. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week that gets the heart rate going. There are plenty of ways to get moving and some may even surprise you!
Can you change your routine with a bicycle?
Active living – simply defined is a way of life. It is intentionally integrating physical activity into our everyday routines. Active living can be integrated into everyday routine by the design and infrastructure of our physical environment. This can include but are not limited to access to quality sidewalks, bike lanes, bike racks, bike share and transit. In the month of May we are echoing the efforts of our Go Healthy Houston member – City of Houston Planning and Development Department to highlight the benefits of biking and walking as modes of active transportation to support active living.
EXPLORE THE CITY
Cycling allows the opportunity to activate the senses in the way we experience the city. You can hear, see and engage the environment in a different way and discover local hidden gems. Houston B – Cycle has a network of bicycle stations across Houston including most major parks and trails available for leisure rides and commutes. A leisure bike ride on the weekends can be a simple way to change our routine and practice active living.
GET TO WORK
Skip the traffic, commuting to work by bike can be the boost needed to start the day! Cyclists find that biking to work is a great way to incorporate the recommended physical activity into their day. While active, cyclists are benefiting from activating various hormones like endorphins that boost mood and enhance cognitive performance.
Try it out! – MOVE IN MAY AT BIKE TO WORK DAY – MAY 17
Festivities begin at 7:00 am in front of City Hall at Hermann Square. The ceremonial bike ride will be followed by a proclamation and remarks by Mayor Turner, and the winner of the Director’s Challenge will be awarded the coveted Golden Helmet Award.
Host Your Own Bike Ride Event!
The Houston Bikeways Program can provide information and connect you to various partners.
Share Your Experience!
Share your photos and experiences on Bike to Work Day using hashtags:
Don’t forget to tag @HoustonBikePlan @HoustonPlanning or @GoHealthyHouston
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2018). Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. Retrieved from https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/pdf/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf
City of Houston (2019). Houston Bike Plan. Retrieved from http://houstonbikeplan.org/