Why should I start cycling?
Cycling has many physical, psychological and environmental benefits that are perhaps even more important than ever given the current situation we find ourselves living in.
Here's a range of hints & tips, links to websites and information on how you can build cycling in your day whether you are on your own, in a small group or with your family members.
Safety Tips for Cycling
- Always wear a helmet
- Be bright and visible
- Observe traffic laws
- Keep your bike in good condition
- Use cycle routes where possible
Why is cycling good for me?:
- Improves your mental wellbeing
- Builds muscle strength and tone in the legs
- Improves lung health, cardiovascular fitness & stamina as well as your immune system
- Low impact and gentler on joints compared to other physical activities
- Can save on travelling time
- Can help improve sleep
- Can aid weight loss
- Can reduce stress levels
- Chance to make friends
- Great for the environment
Did you know?
- Compared to commuting by car, cycling is associated with a lower chance of suffering from cardiovascular diseases (-24%) and cancer (-16%)
- Increased cycling in England could save nearly 1,200 people from early deaths each year
- Pupils that walk or cycle to school are more likely to have a healthier body weight than those who travel by car
More cycling is good news for everyone
Cycling is not just a healthy option for cyclists, but for everyone else too:
- Unlike driving, cycling cuases negligible harm to other road users, as most cyclists ride as attentively and carefully as they can, to avoid injury
- Cycling doesn't produce the toxic exhaust fumes for other people and car occupants to breathe in, or gases that contribute to climate change
Where to cycle in Leicester & Leicestershire...
Virtual Cycling Challenges
You're performing the exercises linked from our website at your own risk
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If you're unsure about your ability, it might be wise to start gradually and build up. Please feel free to refer to the UK Chief Medical Officer's Physical Activity Guidelines when determining the level of activity appropriate to you.
Make sure you warm up and cool down to prevent injury, and make sure you keep hydrated.
Stop the exercises immediately if you feel faint or unwell, and if you still feel dizzy or unwell have a rest. Next time try something less strenuous, building up your activity gradually.
Finally, please continue to follow the government's guidance on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.