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Your GET FIT guide

Our ongoing series looks at ways to join the fitness movement. This month, we help you get back in the cycling saddle

PART TWO CYCLING

FITNESS

C YCLING IS SUCH A VERSATILE ACTIVITY, and there’s a way in for almost anyone. Taking to two wheels can mean anything from a local errand to a countryside jaunt; an urban commute to a serious weekend workout. It’s a life-affirming pastime and the whole family can cycle together. Now the weather’s getting warmer, what are you waiting for?

1. WHAT IS CYCLING GOOD FOR?

Apart from saving you cash and helping to preserve the planet, it’s great for all-round fitness. Cycling burns, on average, five calories a minute. It gives your heart and lungs a good workout, and tones and strengthens your legs and glutes.

‘Cycling is one of the easiest forms of exercise,’ says Becki Morris, women’s cycling project manager for British Cycling. ‘It’s low-impact, so it’s easier on joints than some other activities, and it gives you a wonderful sense of freedom.’

In a recent survey carried out by Cyclescheme, 50% of people said they lost weight in their first year of cycling, while 48% found themselves eating more healthily after becoming cycle commuters and 80% said they felt less stressed. Let’s not forget, getting active also reduces depression and the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and many cancers. Hitting the road for 20 miles a week reduces your risk of heart disease to less than half of someone who takes no exercise.

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Get the health ‘cheats’ that work wonders in the May issue of Healthy Food Guide! We reveal six ways to get your metabolism working harder to help you burn more calories, share smart budget cooking tips to help cut down on waste, and give you new versatile veg ideas to help whittle your waist. Plus, we launch the #HFGsugarchallenge to arm you with ideas on trimming the excess, and help you get back in the saddle with our expert guide to cycling. Find it all in the latest issue, available to download now.
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