The Cycling Bug Beginner guide to cycling benefits

The Cycling Bug Beginner guide to cycling benefits

If you’re still in two minds about whether to start cycling or not, or you just need a reminder as to why you spend more time on two wheels than any other form of transport, read on!

Cycling probably won’t make you rich, or look like a supermodel – but it could help to give you the body of one, and there’s a bunch of other awesome benefits that you may not know about.

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Work your heart

Cycling is a great aerobic workout to improve cardiovascular fitness but without all the impact of running. To maximize cardio benefits, use a fairly easy gear and keep a high pedal rate.

Weight loss

Cycling is a great way to lose weight. You can burn up to 600 calories an hour on the bike. This, combined with a good nutritional strategy can be a great way to cut the fat. Check out our top tips on cycling for weight loss.

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I have the same problem as Tor and suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, just can't shake it off. I got so fed up, not to mention miserable, with it, I bought myself a bike. I now put in  20 miles every other day and manage a 3-mile run once a week. Just need to get rid of those cycle *** to make it even more enjoyable.

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I have always cycled a little but since retiring last year (aged 67) started riding for pleasure as well as getting from A-B. In January I joined my local cycling club and got a super road bike.Now I'm cycling up to 100 miles a week and doing hills I never thought I could tackle. I have made lots of new friends thro the club, feel better for it and loving my cycling!!

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I am a runner, but due to Plantar Fasciitis cannot run for up to a year was so miserable I bought a bike - now think I need some very padded shorts and a pro cam:-)

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Just started cycling again after about 6 years of not doing so.  I have early onset degradation of the hip joint at the age of 36 and the doctors say cycling would be a good way to keep it limber.  so got an old bike about a month a go for free of a friend and started cycling one or two times a week the 26 mile round trip to work.  really enjoyed it despite the aches which are now less and less.  I have now got a nice new bike through the cycle to work scheme and I'm hoping to increase to 2 to 3 times a week.  Lost 8lbs so far.  Feeling great.

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Been riding for 18 months now after a break of 20 Years, I have lost 3 stone in weight and I actually eat more chocolate now than I did before cycling!

I commute 4.5miles each way Mon-Fri and occasionally ride at weekends too, even did my first sportive this Year (Virgin Cyclone 64 miles) at the age of 40!

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I've had both hips replaced the 2nd 7 weeks ago. I've not been able to ride a bike for 4 years. This week I brought a Biria Easy Rider step through bike and whoopee I'm back on a bike. I'll be taking it steady but this article will certainly encourage me to persevere. Thanks

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I'm convinced! Just need it to stop raining.....

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