A healthy lifestyle is something on everyone’s list, particularly when the world is facing such a serious health crisis. With most of our time being spent at home, it’s not possible to visit our local gym or attend our favourite exercise class. We’re all having to think creatively about how we can still incorporate exercise into our daily and weekly routine.
Government advice allows for one form of exercise outside of the home each day, in a local area, and suggests a walk, run or bike ride. While all three options offer a range of benefits, we think that cycling is a great and safe way of getting fresh air, clearing your mind and working those muscles.
A bike for every body
As long as you know how to ride, cycling is an exercise for all ages, disciplines and fitness levels. It’s particularly good for people who have problems with their hips, knees or feet, because it’s a low-impact exercise that takes the pressure off these weight-bearing joints.
With the right equipment and a little guidance, there’s no reason why most people can’t reap the health benefits of cycling. Check out our helpful cycling guides for more information.
Keep your heart happy
By jumping in the saddle you’re committing to using your own body to get you from A to B, which is pretty impressive when you think about it. You’ll get your heart pumping, burn off a load of calories (more than a walk or run would), and be working on your core and resistance without even noticing. And as rides can be taken at any time, cycling is a type of exercise that you can fit into your schedule whenever you want.
Fresh air is free
Spending more time at home is bound to feel restrictive, which makes getting out into nature all the more important. Hop on your bike for a trip around the block or along your favourite trail. Bring your kids along and spend some time together as a family outside of the four walls of your home. As long as you’re mindful of your distance to others, and show your kids how to stay safe while riding, it’s a great way to get some fresh air into your lungs.
Explore undiscovered paths
While we might not be able to travel to our favourite far-away cycling spots at the moment, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to see. A short bike ride is plenty of time to discover some new local areas that might have been hiding just out of sight. If you normally turn left at the end of a path, why not turn right instead? If you normally head down the main road, why not try a more rural path? You just might uncover a whole new world only a few minutes from your door.
Mind over matter
It’s a simple equation, exercise = endorphins and endorphins put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Cycling is a great way to keep those little neuropeptides and peptides high and making you feel good! This is particularly beneficial during times of increased stress. You can also still be part of a cycling community and share your experiences with your local club or even global group online.
Find your balance
Regular cycling is one form of exercise that’s particularly great for improving both your balance and coordination. It’s exercise that encourages both mental and physical skill, the output of which will benefit your overall ability. You might find yourself more acute in your thinking and naturally your level of fitness will improve! Overall, this helps you to have a sense of stability and security, which contributes to resilience when life gets particularly tough.
During these challenging times, we’re being given an opportunity to review how we live our lives and how our lifestyle is affecting our health. Normal life might be on hold, but jumping on your bike will help keep you healthy and provide some much-needed respite from the new pressures we find ourselves under.
Stay healthy and keep a good distance! We’re all in this together.