Wednesday, 10 September 2008

FITNESS - Get on Your Bike

Photo Credit: wav3ydave on Flickr.com

Cycling is great for toning the legs and bottom and also works your core (abs and lower back). Most people have a bike sitting somewhere gathering dust, so why not get on it and enjoy some fresh air.

You can choose a road or a mountain bike. Mountain bikes have better suspension, ideal if you plan on going off road. A road bike will go faster on the tarmac, but won't give much grip and comfort on a bumpier ride. Here are some tips for cyclists starting out.

  • Some cycling gloves will give you extra grip on the handle bars, try www.evanscycles.com.
  • Brake with front and rear brakes to avoid going over the handlebars if you have to stop in a hurry.
  • A helmet is a must, and a padded saddle is a luxury worth considering.
  • When you are cycling downhill, move your body weight back to stop the back of the bike lifting.
  • Keep your inside pedal high when going round corners to avoid it hitting the ground.
  • If you plan on going some distance, consider getting a hydration backpack so you can drink as you go along.
  • Keep a puncture repair kit with you on longer trips.
  • Find out if there is a National Cycle Network route near you.
Celebrity cycling fans include Gisele Bundchen, Matthew McConaughey, Fearne Cotton, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Useful Websites...

www.everydaycycling.com/
www.sustrans.org.uk/
www.bikemagic.com/
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