Simply getting up on a bicycle, sticking on your helmet and going for a ride can be very therapeutic and healthy, not to mention a lot of fun!
It’s great exercise!
Unlike running, cycling does not mean you are carrying your own weight and putting stress on your muscles and joints. This means you can get a great workout even if your body is less able, or not used to more impactful exercise. It also exercises a number of key muscle groups in the body including the arms and legs, not to mention the stomach and back muscles when keeping balance. As it is a form of aerobic exercise (using oxygen) it means that you’ll be able to go on for longer, as well as increasing your metabolism which is great for weight loss.
Cycling is a great way of reducing your carbon footprint and caring for the environment. Not only do you get some fun exercise, but you get to save the planet doing it! Cycling to the shops, to a friend’s house or even to work are perfect excuses to hop on the saddle and go for a ride, sparing the cost of fuel for your car. Of course, safety whilst cycling (especially in built-up city areas) is very important.
It’s Fun and Free!
There’s nothing quite like getting up on your bike and expending some energy out in the open, especially if you live near some beautiful green areas and open spaces. No matter your age or ability, cycling is one of those things that everyone can do. You can go at your own leisurely pace or enjoy some fast downhill action (avoiding other people of course). It’s also a great family activity and is an effective way to get the kids out of the house for some exercise.