Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports around, its popularity boosted by the global move towards a greener and more efficient way of travelling, but the health benefits should not be underestimated. Cycling is a low impact way of improving cardiovascular fitness that avoids some of the repetitive strain injuries associated with other sports. Cycling using a well chosen type of bike that is appropriate to your size and build can avoid putting excessive stress on joints, and help stimulate metabolism. Cycling can dramatically aid weight loss whilst at the same time providing a low stress way of travelling. Reduced blood pressure, improved muscle tone, and numerous cardiovascular benefits are all associated with this healthy travel alternative.
Many people are daunted by the potential costs involved, the clingy cycle clothing, and all the cycle jargon when faced with choosing a bike. Although this can certainly put some people off, persevere and you’ll soon realise that getting into cycling is not as challenging as it may first appear, and over time the health benefits (and even financial savings on your daily commute) soon become apparent. As your expertise grows so does the fun, and the need to challenge yourself gets ever stronger!
Cycling is a great way to reduce weight but remember as you increase your metabolism your need to stay hydrated and keep energised increases. Try to stay away from the scales for a while as your body adapts to the new programme. Focus on increasing your fitness gradually - the goal should be to get all your muscles used to your new activity.
There are many reasons why cycling is enjoying its rise in popularity. For some it may be as simple as the exhilaration of freewheeling down a steep hill or feeling the connection between cycle and road. Others may love the speeds they can reach and the distances they can cover. Whatever the reason, cycling opens up an exciting mixture of adrenaline and fun to keep you coming back for more!
So why not put foot to pedal and start exploring the world from a new vantage point?