s some of you may already be aware, I am not the fittest of persons and avoid exercise like the plague as I do enjoy my rest days. That is until last month when I was chatting to my husband who wanted us to be able to do more things together, that did not involve food and drink when he suggested we start riding bikes… Eeek!
It was the 70’s the last time I had been on a bike, and I don’t have many happy memories as I fell off a lot and have plenty of scars on my knees to prove it. However low and behold, I came home from work one week to find a second-hand bike, new helmet, lights and a bell waiting for me! So there was no going back now!
We waited until the weekend when we were both free to go out on our first adventure. We are fortunate as we live in such a beautiful area where there are lots of bike paths. We started slowly, well very slowly for me as I was very wobbly to begin with, but soon started to gain confidence, and we managed 3 miles on our first outing. Boy did my thighs ache though, and a new seat was definitely needed to be purchased, but it was exhilarating, and I was shocked at how much I really loved it.
We go out each weekend now and go further and further each time, and I can feel my confidence growing. It’s great to be spending time together as well as toning up and getting fitter too. However, I still haven’t mastered what all of the gears are for yet, but that’s just work in progress.
A bike rack has now appeared, and it looks like we will be taking the bikes away with us when we go camping later next month! We intend to get out even more and build our energy levels up so that we can go further afield and enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer, and I am also looking forward to the light nights for an evening bike ride too. I am entirely sold, and glad I took the plunge and gave it a go. I hope I can inspire others to do the same or try something that is outside your normal comfort zone. If I can try something new, anyone can.
I have done some research and learned there are also some great benefits to cycling:
- Improving cardiovascular function – cycling is an aerobic activity, which means your heart and lungs will benefit as well as your leg muscles.
- Muscle strength and tone – cycling will build muscle tone, especially the quads, glutes and calf muscles.
- Increases mental wellbeing – cycling triggers the release of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain, and increased health and fitness brought by regular cycling contributes to a generally happier outlook on life.
- Increased energy – cycling builds stamina, muscle strength and overall physical endurance, so for many new cyclists, it’s an unexpected benefit to having more energy for day-to-day things.
- Cycling can take your mind off problems, or give you a chance to think about them in a calm way.
- Family fun – cycling as a family is a fun way to spend your free time, and a great bonding experience.
If you would like to have a go, all I can say is go for it, as just like me you will be pedalling your way to more confidence and lots and lots of fun!
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By Joanne Jones, Customer Care Advisor