Cycling is a great hobby to have and many people are head over heels in love with it. Like most active sports, it is a hobby which has a huge following and is a great way to stay in shape and reap an infinite number of benefits. Cycling is inexpensive, with one payment for a bike, and from there it is smooth sailing. In order to get started cycling you just have to own a bike, which is why it appeals to so many people and is such a universally loved sport.
If you’re wondering the best way to get started, here are some simple ideas.
If You Cannot Cycle Outside Do It at Home!
For many, starting a new sport can be a little nerve-wracking, and it can be difficult to go outside and go out of your way to engage in sports or sports programs. But if this is the case, don’t worry! Most sportspeople are generally non-judgemental and supportive of beginners. After all, everyone had to start somewhere.
If you lack the confidence to hit the road on your brand new bike, however, then you can cycle in the comfort of your own home. There are loads of potential cycles to choose from and making this selection can be a tricky purchase; make sure you do your research and consider carefully the bike that best meets your needs.
You need to purchase an at-home bicycle that is both effective and efficient and gives you the workout you need. At-home bicycles are a great way to lose weight and build lower-body muscle. They are often quite small, are portable and can fit anywhere, even in your living room so you could start your new hobby right away.
Outdoor Exercise Is Known to Help Alleviate Depression
Going outdoors and getting fresh air is often a great way to help cope with the worrisome symptoms of depression and anxiety. It’s not good for anybody to spend all day cooped up indoors – as this lockdown has shown!
Cycling is a great way to spend your time and improve your overall fitness and lower-body strength. Going outside to cycle is a great way to get in touch with nature. We are so disconnected from the real world, with our entire lives spent behind computer screens, that it can be very difficult to find the time to reconnect with our surroundings – another great reason to take up cycling. And, on a bicycle, you can go wherever you please. It’s worth investing in a good bike lock but that shouldn’t be an issue when you think of all the car parking fees you will save.
Cycling outside will permit you to travel anywhere you want for free, providing you bring a packed lunch. If you really wanted, you could travel from one corner of the world to the other on your bicycle: with enough supplies, naturally. With so many potential adventures to be had and so much you can do, you will find a never-ending source of fun to be had on your bicycle, which is why so many people are hooked. The first time you set out on your bicycle you will find yourself longing to go back out the second you get indoors and sit down.
You Can Meet New Friends!
Cyclists often travel together in groups and there are loads of cycling clubs, which is why it is a great way to meet new friends. If you suffer from anxiety and depression, getting outside and joining a group of like-minded avid cyclists may well boost your mood and help improve your mental health.
It can be difficult going out and meeting people when your mental health is below par so if this is the case, have a chat with your GP beforehand and venture out when you are feeling up to it. It may help to find yourself a cycling buddy – perhaps a close friend or family member? Or you could consider joining a local club – you’ll find details online or in the pages of cycling magazines and local newspapers.
It goes without saying, of course, that if you are suffering from mental health issues you must tell someone – ideally your GP but, failing that, a chat with a close friend or even telephoning a helpline should, along with lifestyle changes such as taking more exercise, help you to cope a little better.