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30 days of biking

It has been said that you can change a bad habit in about 30 days. Seems like every gym employee tries to use this very tactic to get you to join their gym. But what if you didn't have to join a gym. I mean let's be honest, gym memberships are not cheap and like most cell phone companies, many gyms like to lock you into a contract. This way they get their money either way.

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Louis "Kengi" Carr
Riding along the LA River
Louis "Kengi" Carr Photography

What if you could change the bad habit of no exercise by doing something you actually love doing? What if getting out walking for 30 days could change the bad habit of no exercise into a good habit of trying to take steps toward better health?

If you're anything like me, then you see going to the gym as a chore that you pay a big price for. At first you are good at doing your chore, but then the newness wears off and you skip a day, which leads to two days, then a week and before you know it you have not done your chores (gym) all month, but you've been paying for it just the same.

Exercise and the journey along the road to better overall health and wellness, should not feel like a chore. It should be something you enjoy doing with no coaching and even something you could do without a contract, monthly cost or earlier termination fees. It should be fun and make you feel good at the same time. The whole no pain, no gain approach to exercise is old and very out dated. To be honest it didn't work for most.

30 Days of Biking is "A community of joyful cyclists" encouraging people to take a pledge to go for a bike ride for 30 consecutive days, (rain or shine) without fail. Sounds pretty cool right? Well it is very cool. All you have to do is get on your bike, for 30 days. For example if you have errands to run in your neighborhood, simply jump on your bike instead of driving and on weekends it's an excuse to hit the beach or that poolside BBQ at your buddies place.

This past weekend Ciclavia kicked off here in Los Angeles the first of four community bike rides that encourage people to get out and enjoy their environment, but they get to do so without any automobiles in their way. Yep, that's right the streets belong to people who simply want to ride their bike, skateboards, Rollerblades or even walk. Over 200,000 people took to the streets to enjoy just a few hours of no cars and the awesome LA weather.

Living in Los Angeles makes something like 30 Days of Biking very easy. Even on days when it's supposed to be chilly, you can still enjoy an awesome bike ride. With the Expo Line scheduled for completion in 2015 getting to the beach with your bike will be easier than ever. Plus Metro is also the way to travel for other biking destinations here in Los Angeles.

So there's really no excuse, not to take the pledge and get on the road to a happier, healthier you.

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