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April 2017

Bicycle rider riding on dirt bike path, motion blur

Fun ways to …Get into cycling

Have you been inspired by Team GB or just simply looking for a new and fun way to get fit? With the evenings getting longer and the sun finally making an appearance cycling is a great way to exercise outdoors, with the family or as a part of your commute.

First things first, get a bike. Decide what you will be using your bike for and a bike shop will do the rest. They will help you choose a bike for your need and select the correct frame and size. However, buying a bike does not have to break the bank – look online for a second-hand bike or try asking a friend or family member if they have one they no longer use. To ensure your second-hand bike is safe and roadworthy we suggest getting it serviced.

Secondly, remain safe! If you are out of practice or new to cycling, start in a nearby park. This will build your confidence for when you are faced with traffic and pedestrians.

Cycling safely
• Always wear a helmet
• Be seen and heard
• Check your bike
• Be alert and plan your route
• Always follow the Highway Code
• Don’t wear headphones when you cycle on the road

Lastly, make cycling a habit. You have probably spent some money obtaining a bike so don’t let it go to waste. Try cycling to work, going out with your family and friends or sign up for a charity bike ride.

There are great health benefits from cycling regularly, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. This type of exercise can improve your mood and also motivate weight loss.

Looking for a less vigorous way to exercise? Take a look at our fun ways of getting into walking.

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woman cycling outdoors

Make Exercise Fun

Exercise is very important. If you lead an active life you live a healthy life. I find to exercise to can really help me unwind. I find it can be a real form of escapism.

I try to make some time for physical activity every day, even if it’s just a brisk 15 minute walk I find it still makes a difference to how I feel. Sometimes the best thing to do when you are feeling tired and longing for the sofa is to try and be active as it releases feel-good endorphin’s in our body that can help us to re-energise and think more clearly.

My favourite exercise really depends on my mood. I enjoy going to Zumba classes as I feel it really helps to de-stress. The best thing about Zumba is that it’s a sociable class and you’re working out without even realising it!

However, like a lot of people there are some forms of exercise that I am not so keen on, such as military fitness. I know many people love the push that comes with it, but I don’t find having someone shouting at me to perform high intensity exercises very motivating.

Exercising is very important but I believe its best to take the time to find an activity that you really enjoy. It’s no good setting yourself a mission to endure something that leaves you feeling negative and de-motivated because you will probably never do it again!

 Fun exercises you could try:

Swimming

Aqua aerobics

Cycling outdoors

Walking

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Healthy eating for lunch to work. Food in the office

How To Stay Healthy At Work

Sometimes it can be difficult to stay healthy at work especially if your colleagues aren’t jumping on the healthy band wagon too. Check out these tips to help you keep on track even when things get stressful.

Keep a bottle of water near you

Try and keep a bottle of water near you throughout the day so that it is always in sight for you to sip on. You could also make hydration goals to ensure that you do drink enough throughout the day, e.g. half the bottle by lunch time.If you really don’t like plain water try adding a slice of lemon or lime for extra flavour.

Get out of your seat

If you work at a desk or spend a long time driving then try and get out of your seat as much as possible. On your lunch hour walk to the furthest away store if you’re buying lunch or simply make time to go for a 20 minute walk each day, the distance will eventually add up and you will also notice you are fitter and able to clock up a greater distance in the same time before long!

Keep healthy snacks near by

Some times when you’re having a stressful day the first thing you want to reach for is a chocolate bar or some sweets to help get you through. These will only give you a short-term sugar boost and you will be quickly looking for another boost. Instead keep some fruit or nuts nearby where you are working that way if you feel tempted they will be there for a quick fix and you to stick with healthy options.

Exercise to work

If you struggle to fit in going to the gym before or after work then use your journey to and from as a form of exercise. You could walk or cycle or if you have to drive in park your car as far away as possible.

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