So you have decided you want to work on your physical fitness and you think cycling is the way to go? It is a sport that millions of people around the world, including Amy Koughan, use to maintain their fitness levels and it offers untold benefits for those who commit themselves to it. However, if you want to get the most out of your cycling efforts you need to keep these tips in mind.
If you have not cycled before, or haven’t hopped on a bike in a long time, you may overestimate your capabilities. As such, when you start cycling it is important that you keep your first rides short and comfortable. This will allow you to determine where you stand in regards to your current fitness levels, allowing you to slowly build up to more challenging rides.
Staying safe is paramount when cycling, as there is potential for injury if you are not careful. Make sure you invest in a sturdy helmet and understand the need for visible clothing if you will be cycling at night. Road cyclists also need to be wary of other road users and obey the rules of the road, while mountain bikers need to know the trails they ride on to avoid unexpected hazards.
Get A Bike That Fits
“My first bike was not a great fit for my body,” says Amy Koughan “and this led to all sorts of problems.” A poorly-fitted bike can lead to increased muscle fatigue and even injury. Get yourself fitted by a professional and adjust saddles and handlebars until they suit your body type.