Cycling is low impact
Are rickety knees or a long-term injury stopping you from getting active? Unlike other sports, cycling does not require you to bear your own weight. This means the chance of picking up an injury is low, as your joints are not under repetitive stress.
There are many ways to cycle. Ride using your arms or legs, with two wheels or three, or even with two saddles and share the workload with a friend. Take a look at our top three accessible routes below, you may even be able to borrow the bike!
Boosts Immune System
Changes in season can often cause us to feel under the weather. Aerobic exercise hugely benefits the health of the respiratory system, consequently reducing the probability of catching a common cold. Research suggests exercise causes a change in antibodies (a protein that targets toxins) and white blood cells; the cells that fight disease. These antibodies and white blood cells are believed to circulate more rapidly through exercise, potentially detecting illnesses earlier than they may have before.
Going for a regular peddle at a moderate intensity is best, these flat routes are ideal:
Promotes weight loss
Cycling is a great way to lose weight. Did you know, depending on your weight and the intensity of a ride, cycling ploughs through between 400 and 1,000 calories in an hour? For example, just three laps of Hyde Park on a Sunday morning could equate to 1,100 calories, result!
We have put together a selection of safe cycling routes that vary from 20 minutes to two hours to complete:
Reduces risk of heart problems
Cycling gets your blood flowing and your heart pumping faster. Like any muscle, the heart is strengthened through a good workout, and a strong heart can efficiently pump blood around the body, reducing the risk of heart problems.
Studies have found that people who rode regularly had near to 15% fewer heart attacks than non-cyclists. Even as little as half an hour in the saddle per week was linked to lower rates of heart disease.
We've chosen the best routes perfect for getting your heart pumping: