• Cycling improves your strength, stamina and aerobic fitness, with little risk of over-exertion. In addition, cycling does not pose such a risk to joints as some other forms of exercise such as jogging.
• Cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50% (according to the British Medical Association).
• Cycling is an excellent exercise if you're trying to lose Weight - cycling at 10 miles an hour will burn off 400 calories every hour!
• Try to do 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity five days a week. Incorporate this into your daily routine by walking or cycling to work or school and this target is easily reached.
In today's push for more sustainable forms of transport and lifestyles, cycling and walking are unique in that they allow almost everyone the opportunity to make a contribution! They also have a growing profile in terms of healthy living in that they are sociable activities enjoyed outdoors in the fresh air, can easily be incorporated into daily routines and, undertaken regularly, will quickly bring benefits to people of all ages and abilities.
If you haven't cycled 'since you were young' don't be discouraged. Modern bikes are not the heavy, hard slog variety that they once were! They are comfortable with a large selection of gears to help cope with hills and are easy to use.
Tip: Look out for adverts for secondhand equipment and you can pick up an almost-new bike cheaply. You will need to make a one off investment in safety stuff, like a helmet and reflective stripe. Cycling is also a handy mode of transport and can save you a fortune in fares or petrol.
How to start cycling
Cycling is a physical activity