Some people say, "cycling is the new golf" and why not? Cycling is an activity that gives us an opportunity to socialize, improves cardiovascular fitness, is easy on the joints and makes active transportation a breeze.
Lucky for us, there are bikes out there to suit all interests and abilities. There are cruiser bikes for those wanting a relaxed ride, dedicated road bikes for those interested in speed and performance, mountain bikes for those keen to hit the trails; and hybrid bikes for individuals wanting a bit of everything! This being said, you can accomplish pretty impressive things on a bike if you:
- Set SMART goals.
- Take a gradual approach. A good rule of thumb is to increase your training levels by 10% each week (for example: if your longest ride is one hour, increase the duration by 5-10 minutes each week)
- Stay safe. Wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road, and stay alert and aware of what’s happening around you when you ride.
Getting the Right Fit
It's not un-common for avid cyclists to complete distances greater than 100 km, but no matter what distance you cover, getting your bike professionally fitted is an investment worth considering. The right fit makes for a comfortable and safe ride – a simple adjustment to your seat height is a great place to start and can make a world of difference.
Seat height: With your leg at the bottom of the pedal stroke (6 o’clock position) you want a slight bend in your knee.
We hope this blog inspires you to get for a spin. It doesn’t matter if your goal is a charity ride, a GranFondo, or a cruise downtown, the important thing is being active and having a good time! For additional help or support on training, call Physical Activity Services at HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.
PS. Stay tuned for a sequel on how to sustain your endurance and continue to enjoy this great activity. We welcome you to share your rides with us, and send us to photos as well!
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