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.
• 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.