7 Reasons to Take up Cycling In 2012

If Great Britain’s recent cycling achievements haven’t quite twisted your arm to start cycling, why not let Magicshine help? Here are 7 reasons why you really need to start cycling in 2012:

Save a Fortune

After the initial cost of a bike and accessories, cycling is free! Swap your car for a bike for those short journeys or your work commute and you will notice a huge difference to your bank balance! There is no fuel, tax or parking charges, and maintaining your bike is far less expensive.

Save the Planet

Over the years, the UK's over-reliance on cars and public transport has had a negative effect on our environment. Cycling to work is great for the environment as it has no carbon footprint and helps to reduce harmful emissions.

Lose Weight

If you’re looking to shed a bit of weight and get in shape, introduce some cycling into your daily routine. Unlike running, it is easier on the joints and gives you an entire body workout, burning calories and fat. Depending on your current weight and the pace at which you cycle, you could burn between 80 and 600 calories every half an hour. You could also continue to burn calories for a few hours after you stop.

Quality Family Time

Cycling is a fun activity for all the family to enjoy; allowing everyone to bond together in the great outdoors and keeping the kids away from the sofa. Whether you are 8 years old or 80 years old, cycling brings everyone together and is the ideal activity to enjoy on holiday or for a family day out.

Travel the UK

One of the best ways to explore the UK is on a bike. There are plenty of national parks, open spaces and designated routes for cyclists, so why not travel somewhere you haven’t been before, take your bikes and enjoy a cycling holiday?

Get Fitter, Stay Healthy

Cycling gives your heart and lungs a solid workout which helps to improve your cardiovascular fitness. It also improves your stamina reducing tiredness and fatigue and is effective in strengthening your heart. As well as this, cycling regularly has a positive effect on your well-being and overall health, enhancing your quality of life. Regular cyclists actually enjoy a fitness level equivalent to being 10 years younger, what are you waiting for?

Look Younger, Live Longer

Cycling is great for your skin. Increased circulation through this type of exercise provides that all important oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. If this isn’t enough to convince you, previous research has found that those who exercise on a regular basis are at significantly lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure.

So, why not start reaping the benefits? Just make sure you are fully equipped with a helmet, bicycle lights and suitable cycle clothing.