5 of the Best Biking Trails in Florida

May 17 is National Bike to Work Day. The number of bicyclists, who use their bikes to get to school, work or around town, has grown over the past 20 years. With nearly half of all trips out of the home within two miles, it can be easy to switch to a bike for some people. For others, their commute may not allow for it on a daily basis. However, bicycling can be fun and is a healthy alternative to driving, especially if you aren’t going far or are just looking for a weekend activity for the family. Even if you can’t participate in National Bike to Work Day, here are some bicycling trails around Florida you should try out for a healthy family activity.

Amelia Island Trail: On the northeastern coast of Florida, this 5.7 mile long trail takes you along a paved, tree-lined route. You can view beaches, marshes and the maritime forests. Other activities you can participate in on Amelia Island are kayaking and horseback riding.

Archer Braid Trail: To travel between Archer and Gainesville, this 6 mile trail will eventually continue to the University of Florida. It’s a paved trail along Archer Road and through wooded areas.

Bayshore Trail: Short and sweet, this trail is less than a mile connecting two other trails (Courtney Campbell Trail and Ream Wilson Trail). The trail goes through tree-lined areas and neighborhoods. It’s paved and easy for the entire family!

Bluegill Trail: This 7.4 mile trail in Palm Beach County brings bikers through the Grassy Waters Preserve and Palm Beach Gardens. Stop for a picnic at Riverbend Park and take in the views. Be aware that the trail is crushed shell-rock, so you and your bike should be prepared for that.

Boca Grande Bike Path: This 6 mile trail takes you along the length of the Gulf Coast barrier island. You can stop to learn about the local history, so bring some cash if you want to hit some museums or shopping!

Do you have a favorite bike trail, or do you bike to work every day? Share your stories in the comments or on social media. Maybe it will motivate others to get out there and bike somewhere too!

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How You Can Squeeze in a Workout on Your Lunch Break

Have you always wanted to be someone who got in all your planned workouts, but are busy after work and tired or rushed in the mornings? It can be so hard to fit in everything — work, school, kids, family, friends, volunteering, fitness, whatever you have going on. There is another way to get in those workouts…try a lunch break session!

It may seem challenging, especially with a limited timeframe and the need to head back to work for afternoon meetings, but it can be done! You can hit the gym, if there’s one nearby, or you can get in a workout inside or outside the office. Especially when your job is sedentary, making sure to get some exercise can be important to your overall health and well being. Maybe you’ll even convince coworkers to start exercising with you or your employer can support these goals by putting together a fitness room on site!

Here are a few tips if lunchtime workouts are on your list of goals:

Pack a healthy lunch, one you can eat quickly or on-the-go during your break around your workout. Even though you have another priority, making sure to eat is still important. It will give you energy to get through the rest of the day without having to grab something from the vending machine.

Do a HIIT workout. High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great way to get a lot out of a little bit of time. You can follow Perkins’ 2-minute rule, go hard for two minutes then lighten up for two minutes.

Bring dry shampoo and body wipes for quick cleanup. This will reduce the amount of time you need to get ready for the next part of your day (no shower!).

Workout around the office. Go on a jog, run or walk around your office. Bring dumbbells, resistance bands or kettlebells and take up an unused section of the parking lot. Stretch or do yoga in an unoccupied office or conference room. And invite others to join you! This reduces the commute time to a gym, and is more fun with friends!

Not sure where to start? WebMD has a lunch hour workout, including tips for fueling, getting back into the work mindset and in office moves that don’t break too much of a sweat while still giving you a good workout. Here are some of their recommendations:

  • Chair squats
  • Leg stretches
  • Wall push-ups
  • Chest stretches
  • Knee bends

Head on over to WebMD see how these moves are done!

If you’re planning on buying or selling a home in Florida, let the Edge Group at Keller Williams help. The Edge Group has offices in Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale, and our friendly agents have the knowledge and experience needed to make your experience quick and convenient.

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