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There’s no better time to start cycling than in summer.

 

Poll

What bicycle do you ride on, to your NHS workplace?

All about cycling..
1. Tourer
 
14% (1 votes)
2. Mountain Bike
 
0% (0 votes)
3. Racer
 
0% (0 votes)
4. Folding Bike
 
0% (0 votes)
5. Hybrid Bike
 
86% (6 votes)
6. Electric Bike
 
0% (0 votes)
7. A Trike
 
0% (0 votes)
8. recumbent bicycle
 
0% (0 votes)
9. Cargo bike
 
0% (0 votes)
10. eCargo bike
 
0% (0 votes)
11. Vintage Bike pre 1980's
 
0% (0 votes)
 

There’s no better time to start cycling than in summer.

Summer is the best time to dust off the two wheels and hit the streets whether it’s to boost your fitness, health or bank balance, or as an environmental choice, taking up cycling could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Cycling is a win-win-win mode of transport. It can improve your brainpower, relationships, health and happiness!

From the Start website; http://www.startuk.org/summer-cycling/  Summer is the best time to dust off the two wheels and hit the streets whether it’s to boost your fitness, health or bank balance, or as an environmental choice, taking up cycling could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Cycling is a win-win-win mode of transport.  It can improve your brainpower, relationships, health and happiness!

Top five reasons to ride;

1) Health benefits- cycling is a free gym. On average, bicycle commuters lose 13pounds in their first year of cycling alone. Not only that cycling helps increase;

 

There’s no better time to start cycling than in summer.

 

cardiovascular fitness

  • strength
  • balance and flexibility
  • endurance and stamina
  • calories burned

2) Feel good factor- riding a bike is proven to relieve stress, help you sleep more deeply, look younger, increase your brain power and improve your sex life! Regardless of if you are riding purely for pleasure or for a specific purpose, you will arrive at your destination feeling relaxed, energized and happier about the world and yourself.

3) Pennies in your pocket- once you’ve purchased a bike, cycling is free! You’ll also save on a gym membership, health expenses and time. Commute by bike in the UK’s major cities and you’ll get there in half the time of cars, research by Citroen shows.

4) Cars equal carbon- it takes around five percent of the materials and energy used to make a car to build a bike, and a bike produces zero pollution. You’d also think a city cyclist would suck up much more pollution than the drivers and passengers in the vehicles chucking out the noxious gases. Not so, according to a study carried out by Imperial College London. Researchers found that passengers in buses, taxis and cars inhaled substantially more pollution than cyclists and pedestrians.

5) Family fun- cycling is something you can do as a family- from new born to grandpa there’s a bike for everyone. Or if you’re planning on having a family it can help in that too. According to research from Michigan University in the US, mums-to-be who regularly exercise during pregnancy have an easier, less complicated labour, recover faster and enjoy better overall mood throughout the nine months. “There’s no doubt that moderate exercise such as cycling during pregnancy helps condition the mother and protect the foetus,” says Patrick O’Brien, a spokesman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

So what are you waiting for?