Cycling for a healthier you

We might not forget how to ride a bike, but it seems that many of us forget just how good it makes us feel. Not only will you have fun while you are actually cycling, it will also leave you feeling good afterwards as cycling stimulates feel-good endorphins.

More than 60% of adults in the UK are overweight, putting them at increased risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoarthritis. But did you know that cycling for 30 minutes of the week, combined with a healthy diet, could have the same results as three aerobic classes a week?

By cycling to work or to the shops you not only get some valuable exercise, you also save yourself transport costs and can be smug that you are doing your bit for the environment. It is a low-impact exercise and so is easier on your joints than running but it still helps you get into shape. Also, by incorporating cycling into your everyday routine, you no longer need to dedicate those hour-long sessions at the gym and so will find yourself with some free time!

According to the NHS, someone weighing 80kg (12.6 stones) will burn off more than 650 calories with an hour's riding as well as tone their legs and bottom. If you go up hills or off-road, you'll also work your upper body. So what more reason do you need? Grab your bike and get cycling!