Training: On your bike
Ten reasons to get cycling

Cycling has had a real renaissance in recent years. From something you only did as a kid, it's become a national passion. In fact nearly 2 million adults in the UK participate every week!

If you needed any encouragement to get back on your bike, here's ten reasons to start / continue cycling.

1. It's suitable for all fitness levels

It doesn't matter what shape you are in. You can go at your own pace, so whether you're looking for some leisurely exercise or a way to push yourself to new extremes, cycling is perfect - there are challenges available for all abilities! It's also low impact / non-weight bearing which is better for your knees and joints than running, for example.

2. De-stress and improve your mental health (definitely a win-win)

Aerobic exercise like cycling can help reduce stress, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and promotes mindfulness or calmer thinking. What's not to like! So the next time you feeling under pressure or are looking for that spark of inspiration, jump on your bike. It might just be two-wheels and an open road that sets that spark alight.

3. Immerse yourself in your surroundings

Roads travelled daily by car can be seen in a whole new light by bike. At a slower pace and being in direct contact with nature means you'll notice so much more about your surroundings - from breathing early morning air and the scent of freshly cut fields, to discovering new routes along little known paths. With your bike you’ll explore new trails and streets. There are plenty of cycle lanes out there, so choose one and take yourself on a mini-adventure this weekend.

Check the National Cycling Network for a route to try!

4. No time limit = sense of freedom

Ask any keen cyclist - getting on their bike provides a form of escape and with that, an unbridled sense of freedom in open space. Cycling only requires you and your bike (and a tiny sprinkling of motivation) which means you can make it fit in with your schedule - cue no waiting for public transport or getting stuck in traffic! Just make sure you stay visible, and never go without a reflective jacket and light on your bike. 

5. Burn those calories 

A beginner can happily ride along at 12-14 miles an hour burning approximately 450-500 calories in one hour. Enough said!

6. Improve sleep quality

Not sleeping well? It may be due to a lack of exercise. Research has shown that cycling for just 20-30 minutes every other day can increase your sleep by up to an hour. So, get on your bike to make sure you get enough zzzzz's.

7. Make it part of your daily routine

Cycle to work and you've built all these great benefits into your daily routine. It doesn't have to be every day. Maybe cycle to work on one, leave your bike overnight and cycle home the following day. Plus think how much money you can save by not taking public transport or not driving.

8. Cycling is a sport the whole family can join in with

Why not take your family with you? You could even take a picnic with you and enjoy a full day out on your bikes. Even if you have a young child not old enough to cycle, you can get a child trailer or child seat, it's great fun too! You never know, you could inspire a future champion - that's how it all started for four time Olympian Laura Trott!

9. It's a sociable activity

Want to go out for a ride on your own? No problem. But, if not, there are so many people that love cycling - join a Sunday morning group or just go out and explore with friends - you'll be amazed how far you can get in a short amount of time - even if it's just a ride out to a country pub for lunch! 

10. You + bike = helping others

How about cycling in aid of the Family Holiday Association or another charity you love? You can get fit yourself and help others at the same time! There are loads of cycling challenges out there, like the RideLondon - Surrey 100, London to Paris or tackling stages of the Tour de France. Give us a call and we'll help you find the challenge to match your ambition!

We hope we've inspired you to get back on your bike! Remember to stay safe - look after your bike, stay visible and wear reflective clothing. Have lights on your bike and always, always, always wear a helmet.

Please seek medical advice before starting any kind of intensive training or exercise plan.

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