Now that the warmer weather is here and you’re looking for a way to get in shape. Cycling happens to be a great way to take off the winter pounds and improve your endurance. It’s a fairly inexpensive hobby to get started and you can do it almost anywhere. But, before you head to the local cycle shop to grab a brand new bike there are some things to consider. Let’s have a look at what you need to know before you start cycling.
Hobby or Weight Loss
Cycling can be a hobby where you grab your bike and hit the trail on the weekends. You get outside, get some fresh air and tour the trails around your town. You can head out with a friend or on your own and just enjoy the day. On the other hand cycling is a great method for weight loss and improving your health, but if that is the case then you need to make it a part of your fitness routine. That means cycling regularly for at least 30 minutes, 3 or 4 times per week. You may also need to invest in a better bike and equipment, one that will last through regular wear and tear.
The bare necessities for cycling only need include a bike and a helmet to get you started but it is slightly more complicated than that. When choosing a bike, especially if you haven’t been cycling since you were a kid look for safety and comfort. That means knowing first where you are going to ride, will it be on paved city trails or are you going to head out into the country and use more rugged trails. If you are staying local then you can go with a hybrid or road bike but the country will require a mountain bike with a more durable frame. You may also want to invest in a water bottle and some reflectors in case you are out at night. Here is a look at basic bike equipment.
Initially you might want to try out or join a cycling group, they range from beginner to advanced and it will help develop a routine if you go with other people. It also gives you the chance to meet new people. You can track your progress and get advice from more experienced riders. If you haven’t been on a bike in years be prepared to be sore. Bicycle seats are not always comfortable and you will use muscles differently than you are used to. Don’t worry it won’t last long and you can manage the pain easily with some over the counter pain relief. The important thing is to get right back on. Enjoy yourself, cycling is a great hobby and if you stick with it you just may find yourself in the best shape of your life.