It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of cycling. You can’t beat the feeling of freedom when flying downhill or the sense of satisfaction when tackling a tough climb.
The number of people taking up cycling is increasing rapidly, with a huge range of benefits to be had:
1. Cross-training for other sports
Cycling is great cross-training for other sports as it builds strength and fitness whilst placing no impact on the joints. Sprints and intervals on the bike have been proven to increase running speed. If you are rehabbing an injury, then taking up cycling can help keep you active without aggravating the injured area.
2. Exploring the outdoors
Riding a bike is the best way to experience the outdoors and discover new parts of the countryside. You can explore further afield than you can on foot, taking you away from familiar territory along different lanes or trails.
3. Chance to socialise
Cycling is a very social activity, whether you are a member of a club or just ride with a group of friends. Café stops and easy rides at conversational pace are an integral part of club rides. In fact, 20% of the riders surveyed by Cycle Republic state that riding allows them to spend time with friends.
4. Improved mental health
As with many physical activities, cycling has huge benefits for mental health. A bike ride can provide a much-needed escape from daily stresses and worries. By increasing endorphins, cycling can boost your mood and increase energy.
5. Increased confidence
Cycling can result in a real boost to your self-esteem. There is a huge sense of achievement and newfound confidence which comes with finishing a challenging ride. Learning new skills such as maintaining and repairing your own bike gives a feeling of self-reliance and independence.
Cycle Republic have surveyed five hundred riders across the UK, to understand their reasons for riding as well as their perceptions on safety and bike security. Their findings are presented in this infographic:
Posted in collaboration with Cycle Republic.
What are your reasons for cycling?