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Why Cycling Rules the Roads

Considering taking up cycling? For fun or as an alternative way of transport? Here are five reasons you should take the leap. Happy pedalling!
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The great thing about cycling is…actually there’s no single reason to get on your bike! Here are five great reasons that cycling truly rules the roads. What are you waiting for? Put your phone away, grab your helmet, put a splash of oil on your chain, and get out there to see the world through pedal power.

 

Cycling lets you see the world…

Far more than just a way to get amazingly fit, cycling is also a virtually free mode of transport that enables you to get pedaling and explore the world. Take your bike with you wherever you go, and enjoy the freedom of cruising on the flat, gliding uphill, or powering downhill. When you are in motion your senses are occupied, and the stresses of everyday life will simply evaporate. There’s no sitting in traffic, no staring at a screen as you wait for your treadmill session to end, just plenty of scenery to enjoy has you get fit and healthy.

 

You get fit whilst you have fun…

Cycling is a great way to get fit, just look at the lung power of people like Sir Bradley Wiggins or Laura Kenny. As they power around the track you can tell they are loving every moment of it, and the great thing about cycling is you can too. It’s not the act of pedaling that is fun, just try half an hour staring at the wall on a static bike and you’ll soon be counting down the minutes till you can dismount. It’s the places you can go, and the variations in effort and speed that the ever-changing terrain brings that really put a smile on your face. Factor in the weather, and you’ll find that no two rides are ever the same.

 

You can burn calories for days…

One thing I really love about cycling is that you can just keep going and going. Try and run for an hour, and you will probably be crawling the next day, but cycling is so efficient you can do it for hours on end. This means that you can give your cardio system a great workout, whilst also toning and adding to your lean muscle mass. Once you stop, your body’s metabolism will still be sky high from your prodigious efforts, and you’ll find that after you eat you’ll soon be hungry again. That’s your body working overtime to burn calories so it can recover in time for your next ride.

 

It keeps your joints young…

Running is a great way to get fit, but your back, ankles, and particularly your knees all take a real hammering as you pound the pavement. Cycling on the other hand is a zero impact form of exercise. The bike supports all of your weight, so rather than having to act like a pair of giant shock absorbers, your legs just have to concentrate on keeping those pedals turning.

 

You won’t pull a muscle…

Without wanting to sound like I’m knocking running, it can give you all sorts of aches and pains as you build up your fitness. Having to stop training for a few weeks or more because you have tweaked your hamstring is every runner’s worst nightmare. With cycling your muscles get a great workout, and just have a tiny chance of ever being pulled or strained. This means that you can steadily build up your fitness throughout the year, ready to power along all afternoon when the summer sun shows its face again.