‘Get on your bike’ and keep that new year resolution without breaking the bank

Worcestershire County Council is encouraging anyone with a ‘get fit’ promise for 2012 to get on their bikes to stick to their resolution all year round.

Cycling is an easy and convenient way to lose weight and keep healthy without the need to spend cash on gym fees or memberships. It can also be incorporated into routine daily life getting from A to B.

Residents don’t need to turn themselves into Mark Cavendish overnight to start to feel the benefits of taking to two wheels as just a regular cycling routine is enough to give people effective exercise to improve physical fitness. 

By getting on the bike and cycling at low intensities people of all ages can get a cardio workout without the body feeling strained afterwards. The body adapts quickly to the moderate exercise that cycling can provide and whilst cycling at a lower intensity exercise people burn a higher percentage of calories as body fat.

Hopping into the saddle is also ideal for anyone that doesn’t like running, jogging or walking as it’s much easier on joints.

The County Council’s dedicated website section at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cycling is packed with all the information new cyclists or those looking to jump on a bike and get pedaling again need to know.

Advice on journey planning – including downloadable route maps across Worcestershire, bike security and cycling with children can all be found online along with links to local shops, forums and the Bikeability scheme, which now includes one-to-one training for adults.

Ed Dursley, Worcestershire County Council’s Sustainable Schemes Manager, said: “Regular cycling is a brilliant way of helping regulate your weight and is also a very enjoyable way of travelling around. Walking is another great way of becoming more active and has always been popular here in Worcestershire with cycling becoming increasingly more popular.