According to a poll by ABC news, the top 5 New Year’s resolutions for 2016 are:
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Live a healthier lifestyle
- Lose weight
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Save more, spend less
Though many of these are awfully open to interpretation—especially America’s number one resolution—these all sound like familiar goals. If you’re one of the nearly half of Americans who set resolutions for themselves every year, you’ve probably even “resolved” to do something on that list yourself.
And if you’re like 92 percent of those Americans who make resolutions, you didn’t actually keep it the whole year. Resolutions are tricky because we’ve probably already been telling ourselves to change for months or even years. If you want to wake up earlier or keep a diary, reiterating that desire on January 1st might not make much of a difference in your behavior. But you know what does? Taking specific actions. And if you want to accomplish any (or all!) of the goals on ABC’s list, we have the perfect action for you:
Ride a bike!
Riding a bicycle is a wonderful way to accomplish so many popular resolutions. Want to be healthier or lose weight? Biking is great exercise! Spend time with friends or family? Biking is a wonderful group activity for friends or the whole family! Save money? Biking will not only save you in bus fare, gasoline, or parking fees, but it’ll also save you money in the long term when you consider the health benefits of a healthy cardiovascular system.
And finally, biking is one of the best ways to enjoy life to the fullest. Rather than being stuck in a metal box for transportation, you’re physically interacting with the environment. Biking can be fun, meditative, challenging, and rewarding, and we think you’ll find that you look forward to keeping your resolution every day.