I’m the first to admit that exercise is not my favourite past-time.
Ever since I had to stand shivering in line in a pair of blue gym-knickers (or ‘granny bashers’ as we liked to call them), waiting for someone to pick me to be in ‘their’ team so that I could run around a freezing cold pitch, risking teeth, nose and god knows what else whenever the ball came hurtling towards me…. no, team sports are not for me.
But I’m not getting any younger, and I do appreciate that intense feeling of happiness and wellbeing you get after doing some exercise. Sooo, I’m on a mission to find exercise that doesn’t feel like, well, exercise.
The weather has been great, and we have a fab cycle path running all the way from Bristol to Bath (click here for a map of the route)
So I decided it was time to get on my bike and give it a go. Well, actually I don’t own a bike, but thanks to the lovely people at Jake’s Bikes I was able to hire a bike, lock and helmet for the day for a mere 15 of your English pounds (or Bristol pounds, but that’s another blog post!).
And I loved it! the sun on my skin, the wind in my hair… we cycled over 20 miles, which to a seasoned pro I’m sure doesn’t sound much, but for me was a pretty big deal.
The benefits of cycling
According to this article on Livestrong.com 60 minutes of cycling outside can burn 600 calories.. Wow. No wander I was so hungry by the end of the day.
This is a bit of an estimate, as calorie counting like this is relative to height, weight, age and speed traveled, but still I think it shows I was definitely doing some good.
Cycling is an aerobic exercise, so it will also help pump oxygen around the body and improve circulation, as well as support cardiovascular health. I certainly had a healthy glow by then end of the day, and not just from all that sun! Plus, I slept like a log and woke up fresh as a daisy and raring to go (apart from a slightly, shall we say numb, behind).
So, will I be buying a bike? Well, not quite yet. City cycling with all that traffic still frightens me. But I will certainly be hiring one for another day out very soon.