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Category Health & Fitness Published 30 July 2018
Well it didn’t end how we expected in the Tour de France, as Chris Froome finished in third place. Nevertheless, another British hopeful and first-time winner Geraint Thomas stepped up to the plate, meaning six Brits have won the last seven titles of the famous cycling tournament! Why not recapture your love of cycling this summer and jump back on the bike.
If you like to keep fit and fancy a change to your normal routine, or just want to keep active, it’s a great way to maintain healthy fitness levels.
There are a number of benefits to the body, mind and soul as you grip the handlebars and pedal to your heart’s content.
It helps to decrease stress levels, reduce body fat, improve your posture, and can even help those with joint issues. Not to mention, the feel good factor from biking in sunny summer weather.
These days, they can even be folded up to create more storage space in your garage! The next stage in the cycling evolution has been the introduction of electric bikes. It can be a great way to get around with minimal fuss, reaching speeds up to 16mph, without the pollution that a car or bus creates.
Whilst putting less pressure on the legs, they also make it much easier to tackle hills and can still help to burn fat. Whether you’re hoping to reach the levels of the famous Tour de France cyclists or just looking for a nice ride in the countryside, cycling has many advantages, which you can make the most of in the warm moments of the year.
Now, thanks to modern technology, you can also fit action cameras on your helmet or handlebars to video the great outdoors. Alternatively, if you don’t wish to film, you can keep your mind clear by listening to some relaxing music while you cycle, attaching a handy phone holder to your bike.
Biking can be done at a leisurely pace or can be just an enjoyable competitively; the key point being you enjoy the ride. The bicycle was first created in 1817 in Germany and it has not looked back since, with generations of changes being made to this aerodynamic equipment, making it faster, more practical and with far less weight.
Whether you’re looking out across the ocean along the beachfront or climbing the hills in the countryside, there’s definitely a scenic route in the UK to make each cycling journey a memorable one.