Getting into cycling
Regular bike riding can give you a real sense of achievement as you watch your skills improve, and many cyclists have cited that getting out on their bike has had a positive impact on their self-esteem, while reducing stress and anxiety levels.
If you’re less confident on wheels, you can find plenty of local clubs for beginners on Better By Bike, a useful hub of cycling information which covers the West of England region. They even have a handy cycle planner to find local routes that you’ll love.
As a low impact sport, cycling is easier on the joints than alternatives like running, and with so many different routes to choose you can take things at your own pace – whether you fancy an adrenaline-pumping downhill track, or a more sedate cruise along the canal path.
The easiest way to make cycling part of your daily routine is to use your bike instead of a car or bus for short local trips, like popping to shops or visiting a friend. Leave your trainers by the door to remember to hop on the bike whenever you get the chance, and enjoy the many benefits of your healthy new habit!