What do Barrack Obama, Bono, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Middleton, George W Bush, Matt Damon, Zac Efron all have in common?
WILL YOU BE IN THEIR CLICK?
They all know and love the benefits of a good bike ride. Boris Johnson declared that post lockdown will be “the new golden age of cycling” and with local councils investing in pop up cycle lanes there is no better time to saddle up.
With the temporary closer of cinemas, shops and eateries finding new alternatives to fill our time has been really beautiful to see; with so many people finding new sports to keep fit and from a fitness studio founders point of view & I kind of pray for it to continue.
Taking to two wheels has huge benefits not only to fill time and to get you places but depending on how hard you push and your weight will destroy between 440 and 1080 calories an hour. It helps strengthen leg, hip and bottom muscles.
The benefits are not just physical though, they are mental too! Taking our two wheeled friend for a spin is magical for the mind. Releasing those feel good chemicals in our brain in turn will make us happier, less anxious, reduce stress, help relieve feelings of lollines AND make us sleep better. This is something I am 100% confident in writing. No wonder a recent poll placed cycling at the top of of the ranks for outdoor activities.
So going back to a new normal…can I tempt you to try commuting to your work place? Yes, I am serious. If you are starting to head back to offices, no longer using the kitchen table as a desk why not get prepared and two wheel it to work? Go on, I dare you! All you need to do is get prepared by making sure you have safety cycling kit and clothing wear for all weathers. Being prepared is key. Cycling to work is an amazing start to your day and a truly fantastic way to unwind after your day.
One of my Revive friends who I will keep anonymous (but she knows who she is) has herself taken to the beautiful lanes of Eccleshall during lockdown. Seeing her start with just a few miles once or twice a week to building up the miles and riding 2, 3 even 4 times a week has made my heart smile so much. What I particularly love is that she has been exploring what’s there on her doorstep, choosing local beauty spot destinations her confidence and self belief has rocketed, her endorphins bursting she realises that just even a short ride helps her mental health hugely.
For help & advice about getting out on your bike contact Helen at Revive or visit www.britishcyling.org.uk/choosecyling
07837 179684 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Revive fitness, Sugnall Hall, Sugnall Estate, Sugnall, ST21 6NF