We’re all looking for new ways to stay fit. Maybe it’s because we’re lazy, but it’s not uncommon for people to start one fitness regime, only to quickly move onto the next one. It is important to find the way of keeping fit that best suits you though.
If you still haven’t found the right way of keeping fit and healthy yet, maybe cycling could be for you! It gives you a vigorous cardiovascular workout and can be great fun too. And no one ever gets how to ride a bike – or so they say!
Getting the Equipment
Before you get on your bike, well, you need to get a bike. You might have one rusting away in the back of the shed, but is that good enough? Depending on what kind of cycling you want to do, and how much experience you have, you can get good deals on bikes from independent cycling shops.
Other items you’ll need include a helmet, gloves and a good water bottle. You could even go all out and get yourself some custom bike jerseys.
Set-Up Your Bike Properly
It’s difficult for a novice to understand, but an incorrectly set-up bicycle can lead to disaster. Not only will your riding be much less efficient, it can also lead to injury. You want to be getting your body in shape, not causing damage to it.
Make sure your saddle and handlebars are set at the correct height. When you’re cycling, your legs should always remain slightly bent, if it’s not, adjust your saddle height. If you’re buying a new bike, the shop might be able to set it up for you.
Make a Routine and Stick to it
No fitness regime is worth anything unless you stick to it religiously. Don’t be abstract when you’re drawing up your fitness plan. It’s much easier to stick to a plan if it’s specific and rigid.
One cycling method a lot of people use to improve fitness is called doing intervals. This is when you cycle at a normal speed for 6 or 7 minutes and then do 1 minute of fast cycling where you push yourself as hard as you can.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re cycling in the pouring rain or the blazing sun; you need to stay hydrated. Don’t leave the house without a bottle of water. You will need to take on a lot of water if you’re going to cycle safely and effectively.
By the time that you realise you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Therefore, drink throughout your workout in small, regular sips.
Increase the Workload
Cycling can quickly improve your arm and leg strength. So, you might find that you need to up your workload quite quickly. Don’t sit back on your laurels, if you feel like you’re becoming too comfortable, change your routine.
If you’re coasting, you’re not improving your fitness. To exercise the different parts of your body, try different types of cycling. Cycle off-road and on-road. Try long distance and short sprints on a track. By taking on different challenges, you’ll maximise your fitness.