To be healthy you need to be physically active and regular activity can help protect you from diseases. Cycling is an excellent way of doing this, getting you out and enjoying the sunshine while getting fit. Plus, it’s an aerobic exercise that is low impact, great for all ages and something you can do as a family.
The benefits of cycling
- Apart from a good cycle helmet, you need little equipment beyond that of a well maintained bike.
- Saves you money. By cycling to work it’s a cost effective means of transport and a time-efficient exercise because you build it into your routine.
- A low impact sport which basically means its kind to your body. Putting little or no strain on your joints.
- It’s a fun sport that can be enjoyed by everyone and a great family day out with a picnic.
- Not forgetting great for your wellbeing, creating shapely legs and reducing stress levels.
Cycling is not only great for your health and wellbeing but also for the environment. Plus by leaving your car at home you will be saving money on fuel and maintenance.
What’s stopping you?
If you’ve not cycled for a while we recommend you start slow to reduce the chance of muscle pain and a saddle sore bottom. However, don’t let an ache or pain put you off as cycling regularly can help improve muscular flexibility and range of motion.
Build your confidence by cycling close to home. Here in Salisbury, we are fortunate to enjoy many green and open spaces and located close to the New Forest – perfect for starting out.
Sustrans is a charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. You can find maps and guides, information on biking accessories and more on their website. Your local council might also have cycling maps and if you’re looking for inspiration check out the VisitWiltshire website who share top ten places to cycle in Wiltshire.
We don’t work with bikes but plenty of places do and getting your bike fit for purpose is important. You might also like to check out the NHS Choices page on cycling for beginners who also cover road safety.
Now back getting YOU on your bike
Our very own Jenny Mears is a keen cyclist and spent time supporting the Help For Heroes RAAM Cycling team back in 2017. Jenny can provide you with a full body MOT, training programmes and tips, advise on shoes and equipment and that all important cycling posture.