One of the best ways to mix up your home work out is to include an activity that allows you to get out there, while still exercising. Cycling is a fantastic option as it’s a good cardio exercise and strengthens your leg muscles.
Even better, cycling is very versatile. You can purely cycle for exercise, but it’s always a great way to commute to work without damaging the environment. It also gives you a chance to explore your surroundings, you never know what you might find. Here are some tips to get started
- Find the Right Bike
The first step on your cycling journey is to find the right bike for your needs. Yes, you can just walk into a bicycle shop and grab the first bike you see, but that isn’t the best idea. Ask yourself some questions, such as:
- Where are you likely to be cycling?
- Will you be on roads or a trail?
- Is the area flat or hilly?
- How experienced are you?
- What’s your budget?
These will all inform the type of bike that you need. For example, you may want to go for either a mountain bike for exploring, a road bike for commuting or something that can tackle both. If in doubt, ask someone for a recommendation.
- Get the Proper Equipment
As well as the bike, you need to be properly equipped for safe and enjoyable cycling. The most obvious piece of gear has to be the cycling helmet. If you fall off your bike, your helmet can easily save your life, it’s as simple as that.
As well as that, consider other cycling gear. Cycling shoes and clothing might not be necessary, but they can make it easier and more comfortable to ride. Get a water bottle and a holder (if it doesn’t come with your bike) so that you can drink on the go. Also, a small backpack can help you carry clothes or other things without encumbering you.
- Build Up Endurance
One of the most disheartening parts of any workout is when you start out and it feels like you have no stamina to speak of. In this case, don’t give up. The problem might be that you need to pace yourself more to improve your cycling endurance.
A big mistake would be to push too hard and burn yourself out. You can even cause an injury if you don’t take care of your body. Instead, build up slowly. It takes time, but it’s worth it. Almost anyone can reach their cycling goals.
- Eat and Drink Well
If you’re trying to lose weight, then you might consider cutting back on food as well as exercising more. While this can be effective, you need to make sure that you have enough fuel for your workout. It’s best to change your food to something that will help you build muscle and provide nutrient-efficient calories instead.
Also, keep yourself hydrated. Ideally, you should drink at least two liters of water every day, but if you’re working out, you will likely need more.