CYCLING: A Great Way to Lose Weight and Get Fit!

CYCLING: A Great Way to Lose Weight and Get Fit!

Cycling has never been so popular. High profile cycling endurance races such as Le Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia are shown on Prime Time TV and millions of people tune in to watch their favourite teams power up some fiendish mountain stages. 

In the past, cycling was largely a male dominated sport, but women are slowly moving up the ranks and there are now many well-known female cyclists competing for lucrative sponsorship deals and international recognition. The popularity of pro cycling has led to an explosion of leisure cycling in recent years and every weekend, millions of people take their bikes out for a spin in the countryside. 

Cycling is Not Just for Men!

There is a perception amongst many women that road cycling and mountain biking is for men. However, whilst men are very often the ones out on bikes whatever the weather, there is plenty of room on the roads and trails for women, too. 

Cycling is an inclusive sport and you don’t need to be super fit or riding an expensive carbon frame bike to enjoy it. It is perfectly OK to go cycling on your own and at your own pace – and in the beginning, you may prefer to take it easy. Even cycling to the shops or the office is better than nothing, so instead of making excuses, give it a go.

Fit for Purpose

To begin with, any old bike will do as long as it is in a roadworthy condition (check the brakes, gears and tyres). Most women start off on an old mountain bike until their fitness levels improve and they feel more confident. In time you may choose to upgrade to a lighter hybrid bicycle, or even a road bike, but for now, it is more important to log some miles than worry about investing in a better bike.

Wear the Right Clothing

Wearing the right cycling gear is essential. You need to be comfortable and visible to other road users. Padded shorts or cycling tights are comfortable and practical, no matter what size you are. Wear lots of layers (including a waterproof jacket) if the weather is unpredictable, and stick to jerseys made from technical fabrics so your skin can breathe. Lastly, always wear a cycling helmet to protect your head in the event of an accident. 

Join a Cycling Club

Cycling clubs are fun, but you need to have reached a reasonable level of fitness before you join one. Check out the clubs nearby and find out what the joining criteria are. Your fitness will definitely improve once you start cycling in a group; it’s also great fun!

Family Cycling 

The whole family can join in once you discover the joy of cycling and cycling holidays are a fun way to explore new places.

Cycling for fun and fitness is perfect for women of all ages. Cycling is very much a social sport and cycling in groups of like-minded enthusiasts is a great way to enjoy fresh air, get fit and lose weight. Check out the latest models of bicycle at the ukcyclecentre.co.uk – and start cycling today!

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  1. We do a lot of cycling now that it is sumer time here. It's great bonding and exercise for the whole family.

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