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Why Ride a BMX?

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author image Philip Foster
Philip Foster has been writing professionally since 2010. His work has been featured in the literary-arts magazine "The PEEL" and the weekly newspaper "The Mountain Xpress." Foster is an expert in various extreme sports. He cooked in a restaurant that offered organic and vegetarian cuisine for over three years. Foster received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University.
Why Ride a BMX?
A young man is riding a BMX bike. Photo Credit kadmy/iStock/Getty Images

There are many reasons to enter into the sport of bicycle motocross, or BMX. As well as being a physical activity that can keep you in shape, BMX riding can allow you to challenge yourself on a daily basis. BMX riders must push themselves to learn new tricks and progress their level of riding. Riding your BMX can also help you to meet lifelong friends from various backgrounds and different parts of the world.

Benefits of Bicycle Motocross

Riding your BMX can offer you countless benefits. As well as begin a challenging and exhilarating sport, riding your BMX conditions your cardiovascular system. Pedaling your BMX bike utilizes various leg muscles, which burns calories and helps you to maintain a healthy weight. Lifting the handlebars of your BMX to perform tricks can build and tone muscles in your arms including your biceps and triceps. Riding your BMX remains a great way to meet new friends who share similar interests and enjoy an active lifestyle. The sport of BMX biking caters towards a broad demographic of people who come from all walks of life.

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Features of the Sport

BMX biking allows you infinite freedom. Unlike conventional team sports, BMX bike riding does not feature specified rules. BMX bike riding consists of maneuvers and movements that are classified as tricks. According to "Ride BMX" magazine, tricks can include the rider spinning the handlebars or frame of the bike. Tricks take place on various obstacles including ramps and ledges but can also take place on flat stretches of pavement. The lack of structure in BMX biking allows riders to be creative which often spawns innovative new tricks.

Types of BMX Riding

Riding a BMX allows you to choose from the various disciplines that are available. You can partake in all of the genres of BMX riding or simply choose your favorite. According to "Dig BMX" magazine, street riding involves obstacles such as railings and stair sets commonly found in metropolitan areas. If you enjoy more natural obstacles you can ride your bike on forested downhill courses and dirt jumps. Riding your BMX in custom built parks will allow you access to all the obstacles that BMX riders enjoy.

Join a Worldwide Community

Riding your BMX allows you to become a part of a worldwide community. While certain contemporary sports are only prevalent in some countries, BMX hails as a popular sport all across the globe. The expansive terrain of BMX will allow you to participate in some form of riding no matter what corner of the world you happen to find yourself in.

Preventing Injuries With Safety Gear

Just like any active sport, BMX riding does have its dangers. You should not let the threat of injury deter you from pursuing BMX bike riding. Wearing simple protective gear including a helmet will ensure you remain safe on any type of terrain you choose to ride your BMX.

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