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Why Cycling Is Good For You

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Need some convincing to get on your bike? Here are some great reasons why cycling is good is for you, to encourage you to get out on your bike.

All forms of exercise are good for you, but some forms of exercise provide added benefits.  Cycling certainly falls into that category.  Read on and find out why.

5 Great Reasons Why Cycling Is Good For You

Need some inspiration to get back on your bike? Here are five great reasons why cycling should be your go-to form of exercise.

Get a great cardio workout

When you ride your bike, you get a great cardio workout.  Whether you are just starting on your fitness journey or are an experienced athlete, cycling will get your heart pumping and your lungs working harder.  This improves circulation as well as helping you to develop a strong heart and lungs.

Build muscle

Cycling is a great way to build strong leg muscles.  When you cycle every muscle in your legs, feet, buttocks and hips are working, helping you to tone and build muscle.

Sleep better

If you have problems sleeping then getting on your bike can really help you.  Most people find that they sleep soundly on the days that they go riding.  Cycling has been shown to help people who suffer from insomnia, so if you have trouble sleeping it really is worth trying.

Good for mental health

Cycling is a great way to get out into the fresh air.  It is very relaxing.  When you cycle, you focus on yourself and your surroundings, which gives you a break from your worries.  Numerous studies have shown that cycling is good for mental health as well as physical health.

Cycling can save you money

Once you get used to cycling you will want to cycle everywhere.  Doing so will save you money as well as help you to improve your fitness levels.  Every time you cycle instead of taking the car you will save money on fuel, and, of course, you will be helping the environment.

Getting started with cycling

The great thing about cycling is that it is not hard to get started.  You can start out slowly and gently by cycling on a local route to build up your basic fitness levels.

It is easy to find and buy a basic bike to get you started.  With eBay or Gumtree, you can’t be sure what you’re getting so try a specialist bike retailer. Here you’ll get specialist advice to help you find and buy the right bicycle for you, whether it’s a mountain bike, road bike, or hybrid bike.

Do your research and find the right bike for you

When buying your first bike you need to buy one that offers the ability to adjust the angle and rake of the seat and handlebars as well as the height.  This is the best way to ensure that you can find a comfortable position to ride in. If you cannot adjust your bike properly, you will end up putting your body under unnecessary strain, which could lead to back and knee problems, and also make it difficult for you to pedal efficiently.

Remember your safety gear

Cycling is getting safer.  The introduction of cycle lanes and paths and the fact that more people are cycling is helping to make it a safer pastime.  However, it is still important to buy and use the right safety equipment.  A helmet, good lights, and high visibility clothing are all useful purchases to keep you safe while on your bike. Do also check out my guide to stylish cycling accessories if you’re looking to bling your bike.

Once you get into cycling then you might run into some storage problems.  Do check out my guide to clever indoor bike storage ideas.

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How To Cycle In A Long Skirt

Ever wondered the best way to cycle in a long skirt? It turns out you just need a 1 pence coin and an elastic band. Intrigued? Read on!

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Do you remember my great post with Jo Holtan the other week, where she shared her top cycling tips for beginners?  

Well, Jo and her friends at Cyclehack have completely blown things out of the water with this mind-blowing super simple cycle tip for cycling whilst wearing a long skirt.  Called Penny In Yo Pants, it’s a simple tip to stop flashing people when you wear a skirt when you’re cycling. An all too common problem when wearing skirts! I know I’ve done it before!

How To Cycle In A Long Skirt

It’s easier to watch Jo’s tip in video form, so here you go:

Penny In Yo Pants from Johanna Holtan on Vimeo.

In case you can’t see the video, I will try to describe it. Bear with me, it’s easier to see it in action than it is to describe!

First, you put on a skirt and grab a penny. Next, push the penny from the back of the skirt to the front to create almost like a button between both layers of your skirt. Wrap the rubber band around the “button” and you’re good to go.

This trick works because the extra weight from the penny keeps the skirt down. And, because the front and back layers of the skirt are connected, it also helps preserve your modesty. Confused? Do check out the video if you can!

If you don’t have a penny to hand, a pebble or small rock would also do the trick.

Isn’t that crazily simply, yet effective?  I tried it out on my bike over the weekend whilst wearing a long skirt and it totally works!  I’ve tried using a peg before, but it never quite seemed to work. I would never have dreamed of using a penny and an elastic band!

Jo and her friends at Cyclehack are also working on developing a commercial version of Penny in Yo Pants, which they say will prevent the puckering of skirt fabric that happens when you use a penny.  They’ll be launching through Kickstarter soon, and some of the proceeds from purchases will go towards supporting the Afghanistan Women’s National Cycling Team.  You can find out more about this worthy cause here – it’s well worth sparing the 3 minutes to watch the video – very inspiring stuff!

Want more cycling tips? Of course, you do! Here are some of my top autumn cycling tips.