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Maya Myles（マイア マイルズ）は高校時代から英語に熱心で、さまざまな英語のコンテストに参加したりするなど、積極的に英語に触れてきました。大学では社会科を専攻するかたわら英語を学び、中等教育の学士を取得。卒業後は、私立高校で教師の職を得て、歴史と経済学を中心に教えていましたが、時折、英語指導を担当することもありました。また、別の私立学校にて、アジアの歴史を英語で教えた経験もあります。自身も英語がとても好きなことから、熱心な指導が期待できる講師です。
Are you thinking of doing something fun and adventurous? Let me share something exciting with you!
I was fourteen years old when my father taught me on how to ride a bicycle. I practiced biking from 9 to 10 at night when there were only a few cars on the road. Some of my friends would tease me, “You won’t be a good cyclist unless you stumble and get wounded during practice!” But fearful not, their teasing didn’t stop me from practicing as my father was always around and eager to support and teach me. And it took me a week of bike training before I became confident to bike on my own. And yes, I did stumble and earn scratches particularly on my left leg!
As I mature and started to raise a family, I have stopped the biking activity completely. But then came the COVID-19 pandemic which brought the people, young and old, so many challenges and life changes. People around the world continue to get advices to stay home or work from home to avoid catching the virus. And because of the many restrictions, we are left with no choice but to look for indoor and limited outdoor activities that will help keep our mind sane and body physically fit. So here I am, I have learned to cook new dishes, plant ornamental plants, and guess what? Yes! I am now back and excited riding my bike again! Fortunately, biking is allowed for as long as the riders wear protective gears and follow health protocols. And since my husband and I want to stay fit and healthy, we bike together as a form of exercise.
I started cycling for about 4.5 kilometers and on another weekend 7.4 kilometers. The 13.6 kilometers I ran by bike is by far the longest. The most exciting part is, I nurture my social connection with my hubby who happens to be my biking buddy. It’s always nice and fun to pedal on different roads with him.
Biking, by far, is easier compared to some other sports as it does not require a high level of physical skills. Besides, once you learned on how to ride a bike, it’s something learnt for the rest of your life.
There are many articles on the web that explain the health benefits of biking. Better Health Channel, in fact, says that cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that the heart, blood vessels, and lungs all get workout. The breathing improves, the body perspires, and the body temperature increases that helps improve the overall fitness level. Definitely, regular cycling provides cardiovascular benefits; a sure way to a person’s good health!
Cycling may be tiring, but the satisfaction it gives is incomparable. You get to meet people with the same interests on the road and exchange ideas with them; thus, biking also helps improve a person’s social skills. It relaxes one’s mind skipping the worries of how much to spend on the road (as it is not much), it gives the experience of an adventure, and most importantly, we get to explore and discover new places. And sure, it’s a stress reliever after a busy week at work. So the physical and mental benefits we earn from biking are sure worth the drive to keep going.
So what are you guys waiting for? Let’s pedal and get going now!