Cycling for fitness has become such a popular exercise to do, especially now with the success of Team GB at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Team GB did such an amazing job both with our star Bradley Wiggins on the road and also with the team in the Velodrome.
Cycling isn’t just great for fitness but it can also help your bank balance as well. Getting on your bike to work or to the shops rather than jumping in the car can save you a fortune in petrol and diesel.
There are so many health benefits to cycling for fitness:
With the increased circulation through cycling that your body receives, your skin will benefit so much. The circulation will deliver nutrients and oxygen to your skin making it look younger and brighter and it will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Always make sure that you use a good sunscreen on your face and any other parts of exposed skin on your body to protect you from the sun.
If you have trouble sleeping then cycling could be just what you’re looking for. Cycling for 20-30 minutes each day can help you fall asleep in half the time than it usually takes you. If you suffer from stress then getting outside to cycle can help reduce the stress hormone cortisol which isn’t just good for sleeping better but it’s great for your general health.
Cycling can help protect your heart from heart disease. If you cycle at least 20 miles every week then this can help cut your risk of heart disease in half. Heart disease is not the only disease that you can help with cycling it also reduces the risk of strokes, some cancers and diabetes.
If your immune system is weak then you can suffer from colds and infections but having a strong immune system can protect you against them. Cycling is great for building a strong immune system which can improve the quality of your life.
Cycling is also good for toning your legs, bum and abs which is perfect for any time of year.
If you are thinking about taking up cycling on the road then it’s important that you think safety before anything else.
Always make yourself visible to other road users especially at night. Other road users including cars and buses don’t always take care when it comes to cyclists so make sure that there is no excuse for them, and they can see you.
Wear a high visible jacket or vest and make sure that your bike has good lights and reflectors on it.
Wearing a cycling helmet will protect you if you come off your bike. So many injuries that people sustain on bikes are to their heads. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a cycling helmet but don’t buy one that costs you £2.99 either as it won’t give you any protection at all. Go into your local cycling shop or sporting store and they will be able to advise you on the best one for you.
Cycling is a fun workout for the whole family, especially when you do it cross country. Get yourself a bike rack and take a drive into the nearest forest or lake and take a picnic or stop for lunch at a café or pub.
Join a cycling group or take up one of the many cycling challenges across the country and set yourself goals to reaching that challenge.
If you can’t yet cycle or haven’t for a long time then get a relative or friend to show you how, get out there and get moving!
There are so many advantages to taking up cycling, so give it a try.
Now, on yer bike!