We recently did a blog including some of the great cycling trails in Hampshire, however, this might not have applied to you if you don’t cycle.
Well…we’re going to have a go at changing your mind. So maybe you’ll leave this blog taking up a new hobby to enjoy independently or with the family!
Cycling is good for beginners
Cycling is a very inclusive hobby and there’s a way to make it suitable for most people. If you struggle with balance, you can begin cycling on a stationary bike to get used to how the bike works before progressing to a moving one. If you struggle with strength, there’s always an electric bike that can assist you.
Cycling can improve your balance, co-ordination and your posture all in one! Cycling requires you to stabilise your body and keep balanced.
Balance is something that many people lose with inactivity & so it’s something that is incredibly beneficial to keep on top of.
Better Physical Health
Of course a lot of exercise will make you physically more healthy – however, cycling works the muscles in your legs and core at the same time, boosting your strength in both of these areas.
Depending on how intense your cycling work out might be, it can also burn a lot of calories.
Assists With Mental Health
Cycling not only helps with your physical health, but it helps you mentally too. It can ease feelings such as stress and anxiety by making you focus on an activity you enjoy.
Exercise also releases endorphins and so heading out on a fun cycling trail can improve your mood and make you feel less tense overall.
Great Sightseeing Opportunities
Cycling can provide you with some great opportunities for sight-seeing. There are some beautiful and scenic cycling trails that you can go on, and they will provide you with some of the best views. You can cycle to the top of a hill and see over the entire countryside, or take a cycle along the coastal paths.
If you take a picnic with you, when you stop to eat you can really take in the atmosphere before resuming your trip.
If you take up cycling as a family hobby, it’s a great way to spend time together without stress. You can all head out on the bikes and pick a family-suitable trail which the kids can enjoy. There might even be play parks around the trail which they can have a play in.
If you choose a trickier trail, it also encourages team work by encouraging the family to support each other until you reach the end.
If you do head out cycling, you’ll need to make sure that you have suitable cycling equipment such as a helmet and reflective items/lighting so that you can be seen by others.