Cycling is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to get fit, even during the pandemic. With gyms shut, it is the best way to stay active. In fact, if your workplace is at a distance of 4-5km, it’s the best mode of transport right now as well.
If you’ve been glued to social media, you might have realized that a lot of people have taken to cycling – either solo on in a group. If you’re new to cycling or if your city doesn’t have specific cycling trails, here are some measures you should follow:
- Wear a helmet
- Stay to the left side of the road.
- Ride on well–lit paved roads and if possible, bike paths. If there are no bike paths, take the service roads.
- Wear reflective clothing and have front and back lights
- Use arm and hand signals to indicate turns.
Furthermore, ensure that your bike is adequately maintained. Proper clothing (t-shirt and padded cycling shorts is recommended). You also require a properly fitting helmet, padding (optional), bike reflectors, flashers and headlights, gloves, proper shoes and eye protection.
What Are The Health Benefits of Cycling?
Before we go on to the health benefits, it is important to understand the correct sitting posture on a cycle. Maintaining proper cycling posture is important not only for efficiency but also to prevent any form of injuries and aches.
Cycling is easy on the joints because you put your weight on a pair of bones in the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities unlike walking, where you put your weight on your legs. It is good for anyone with joint pain or age-related stiffness.
Regular cycling can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. It can also improve your mood and keep your weight under control. Adults should ride at least for one hour daily. It decreases stress levels and increases muscle strength and flexibility. It strengthens your immune system. Cycling releases endorphins, which makes you feel young at heart. Furthermore, it also improves your stamina!
It is an incredibly sociable sport. Joining a cycling club or group is an excellent way to grow your social circle and stay fit and active at the same time!