As you know, I think exercise should be fun. If something is fun, you are far more likely to do it.
You get a great mental and emotional boost when you enjoy something, so fun forms of exercise is definitely the way to go. Cycling definitely ticks the fun box. Going for a ride gets you out and about and is a great way to get around seeing friends, going for a drink or popping to the shops.
Cycling is for everyone
Cycling is a form of exercise that virtually anyone can use and benefit from. I know people in their eighties that cycle and often see toddlers with their parents in the park on tricycles.
Cycling is accessible
Pretty much, wherever you live you can cycle. Even if you live in a very hilly area, you can get started with cycling by buying a road bike and a set of trainers (not the kind you wear on your feet).
The trainers allow you to lock a road bike into place and ride it in your home or garage. You can use a trainer to build up your fitness levels until you reach the point where you are ready to face the challenge of riding in hilly terrain and perhaps enjoying a bit of off road riding.
Cycling allows you to get fit progressively
Actually mentioning off road biking brings me to another good point about cycling. There are many different ways to enjoy cycling which is one reason it is such a good way to get fit.
If you are very unfit, you can start by cycling a short distance on an ordinary bike. Maybe using a bike that you borrow from a friend or one that you buy second hand, so you do not have to invest too much money to start with.
Every week you can cycle a little further or take a route that includes a gentle incline. Week by week you can build up your fitness levels simply by pushing yourself just a little further.
Once your legs are strong enough and your stamina is good enough you can join a bike club and go further. Alternatively, you can try mountain biking, BMX riding or Endro riding. If those challenges become easy, you can push your fitness levels further still by training for and entering a triathlon.
Why not get started
So, what are you waiting for? Next time you walk past a bike shop stop, go in and look around. The staff in these shops are normally super helpful, so they will help you to choose a first bike and get started with cycling.
If you do not have a bike shop in your locale don’t let that stop you. Just go online and shop for a bike there. Most bike site owners will give you several ways to get in touch and will answer all of your questions and give you the advice you need to get started with cycling.