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Why Cycling?

cyclingHopping on a sparkling new steed and accelerating off into the nightfall is a transcendent feeling – you can’t beat it! Be that as it may, on the off chance that you haven’t saddled up for a couple of years, you might ponder where to begin or why to trouble. Try not to stress! We got up to speed with Gareth Turner from Cyclebeat (cyclebeat.co.uk) to talk about the advantages of life on two haggles you can get back in the race.

# Slim cycle

Hopping on your bicycle is an incredible approach to rush calories and trim down. ‘Cycling is an extraordinary approach to get more fit and a splendid approach to blaze calories – you can smolder around 500 calories a hour cycling and now and again a great deal more,’ says Gareth. ‘Cycling can likewise have the additional advantage of expanding your digestion system – even after the ride is over.

And it’s a great option for working out on your commute. Think about it – you can get your workouts in on the way to and from work and cancel that gym membership altogether if you want! ‘And, because it is a non-weight bearing exercise, it’s a lot easier on the joints than something like running, so you can do it more often,’ says Gareth. Sounds good to us!

It’s also a great toner, working your lower body hard, which – thanks to this focus on the bigger muscles in your body (bum and legs!) also burns fat. ‘Cycling helps to tone your muscles and works your calves, thighs and bottom, while also giving your shoulders and arms a workout, too,’ says Gareth.

# Healthy heart

Cycling is not only bags of fun, and a great way to stay in shape, it’s good for your heart, too. ‘Cycling improves cardiovascular fitness,’ explains Gareth. ‘And the British Heart Foundation says that cycling regularly can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by up to 50 per cent.’

# Mind matters

And getting on your bike could have benefits for the mind, too. ‘It’s not just the body that sees the benefits, as cycling is believed to reduce stress, anxiety and provide a sense of wellbeing,’ says Gareth. A cycle home after a long day is a great way to shake off your worries.

# Wheely wheely fun

Whizzing around on a bike gives you a great sense of freedom and there are so many types of cycling, and types of bikes, you can try. ‘Cycling can be very varied and fun – try mountain bike trails, exhilarating downhills, BMX and road biking with amazing views,’ says Gareth. Plus it’s one of the few workouts in which you can have a good gas with your mates, too! Have you every tried catching up over a quick swim or disco rave class?! ‘Cycling can be very social by riding in a group and also with the family – everyone can get involved,’ adds Gareth.