I must admit that my relationship with cycling is very much love/hate.
Apart from struggling with hills and feeling limited about how far I can go because what if I hit an OMGHILL, my biggest cycling woe lies in the fact that my bike lives in my bedroom. So every time I want to use it, I have to battle a flight of stairs with it. It just makes the ordeal more like a chore than an hobby.
I’m hoping that when I move house in July, there’ll be somewhere to store my bike where I can just get on it and go. Because there are some great benefits to cycling that I just don’t take advantage of!
Benefits of cycling
1. It’s low impact.
As much as I love running, I do worry about the effect pavement pounding will have on my hips, knees and ankles.
Cycling is a great cardio workout with less chance of injury.
2. The kit.
You can spend a lot of money on cycling gear. Which is probably not a positive to most, but I LOVE getting a new jersey. You can get some lovely styles and I prefer shopping for cycling gear over running or gym kit.
Wiggle has some lovely cycling clothing, but if you’re wanting something cheaper you can get a great selection from Sports Direct.
3. The adventure.
The thing with cycling is that you can cover a lot of ground. It’s very hard to run for hours on end, but going for a long bike ride is quite achievable.
I’ve been on some lovely rides in the country where you get to see some amazing sites. Cycling in the summer is a great way to spend the day outdoors. There’s something very calming about just being out there on your bike and getting places with your own legs.
4. You can skip rush hour.
This isn’t one of my personal benefits – I live too far from work to cycle every day, but when I’m stuck in rush hour traffic, the amount of cyclists I see cycle straight past me and into the distance is insane.
If you’re in a place that had terrible rush hour traffic, cycling there instead can really save you some time. Not only that, but you can get your workout in at the same time!
5. The coffee and cake.
Going for a long bike ride is sure to make you hungry, it’s common for cyclists to stop at cafes and enjoy a nice slice of cake with a drink. It’s guilt free, too!
6. Cross training.
No matter what sport you do, cycling is great cross training. A low impact way to work your leg muscles, core muscles and get your heart rate up.
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