Many people are familiar with the annual cycle race, Tour de France which started in 1903 and it inspired another key sporting event, the Tour de Yorkshire, now in its third year. This year’s cycle race takes place between 28 – 30 April and encompasses all four corners of this spectacular county including Yorkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire.
Cycling has become extremely popular in recent years as a sport, for commuting or for leisure which is fantastic news, as the benefits of using pedal power are huge, especially the benefits for your heart health.
A low-impact activity, cycling is the ultimate body workout working nearly every muscle in the body to tone and build strength.
Cycling allows you to go at your own pace and do as much or as little as you feel able to.
Exercise releases endorphins – the happy hormones – giving you a daily dose of ‘feel good factor‘, helping you to relax and de-stress.
Whether you ride solo or in a team, there’s plenty of cycling options to try. Mountain biking is a fun, fast, adrenaline-filled way to really get your heart pumping whilst tandem cycling for two or more people will give you a steadier ride and a chance to enjoy the view with friends or family whilst you all get heart healthy.
Family cycling is a great way for children to get active whilst building their confidence on two wheels learning a new skill.
At an average speed of 15 k per hour, cycling is an effective way to rack up your recommended 150 minutes each week of moderate physical activity, get fit and your reduce risk of heart disease.
So, whether you’re the one to don on the lycra or take the family on an adventure packed day out, get pedalling, enjoy the fresh outdoors and look after your heart.