Why you should get on your bike
Before we moved house, I used to bike to work. It took around 30 minutes and although I would often feel sluggish and have the can’t-be-bothered mentality before I started out, once I’d arrived I felt great. There’s nothing like a good bike ride to wake you up!
That feeling of being invigorated from biking before you start work is something else. I used to be cautious being out on the road on my bike, concerned about that car or van that was just a bit too close for comfort. But when I heard about the general accident contact number, I got my confidence back. The benefits of biking pushed me to get back to pedalling too. It helps to lower your blood pressure and therefore reduce stress for starters. I’d cross paths with colleagues in the corridors after locking my bike up in the secure bike shed and they’d be heading straight to get a coffee. Not me. No need with all that fresh air pumping through me! If you could bottle the ‘just biked’ feeling, you’d never look back. Once you’ve started biking and you remember that feeling, it makes getting into gear so much easier. You don’t have to go far to get kitted out either.
Admittedly, it took me a while to get used to biking after however many years of driving. First there was getting used to the saddle, which I changed to a more comfortable one. Boy do you know about it when your saddle’s too hard! Then there’s making sure your helmet’s the right fit and is actually fitted on your head properly. Not forgetting the lights of course. It’s useful to get the sort that you can easily snap on and off, making them portable and not open for the taking… talking of which, you can get kits to security mark your bike too. Very handy and good to know. The security markers are often only visible under infra-red but you can of course put a visual deterrent on your bike too. A good lock is essential for any bike owner.
You can accessorise with a pretty bell and you can even get bluetooth speakers for your bike now too… with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes!
It’s a good idea to build your bike ride into your routine if you can, that’s when it becomes a habit. And what a great habit to have. There’s no easier way to build a bike ride into your routine than pedalling to and from work! That habit loop lifts your spirits and is the perfect antidote for our busy lives, helping to keep us in top condition, mentally and physically. All in all it’s great for your wellbeing.
Why stop at the weekend? With a range of bikes for men, women, kids and also unisex, there’s really no reason not to get out and get into the fresh air!
Have you got on your bike lately? Comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere .
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