Cycling can be a fun way to stay fit and remain a healthy weight or lose a few pounds. It is a low-impact sport which means that your joints are not exposed to the same kind of pressure that they come under when doing weight-bearing activities such as running. If you are riding a bike that is the right size for you; with the saddle at the correct height, as well as wearing cycle clothing with padding in the appropriate places, you probably won’t experience the aches, pains, and injuries that usually accompany high-impact sports. Even so, sometimes it can be difficult to motivate yourself to go on a bike ride that will take a couple of hours to complete when you could go for a 45 minute jog and burn just as many calories.
However, cycling is an activity that doesn’t require you to be ultra-fit to get started, and if you are carrying a little bit of extra weight it is a good sport to take up to help you lose a few pounds and improve your fitness. Cycling requires stamina and if you work at it you can soon find yourself riding 30 or so miles without even really thinking about it. Therefore, as you see your fitness improve, you will also notice you able to ride faster and further than before, which can provide you with the motivation to continue cycling on a regular basis. This is obviously important since fitness depends on consistency.
You may find yourself becoming bored with cycling, which isn’t unusual if you always take the same route. It is therefore worth varying the routes you take, so that one day you might cover terrain where there are many hills and another day you may choose to ride along mainly flat roads through the countryside. Being able to tackle different obstacles and look at the changing scenery can keep your interest up, though you may find that you prefer to monitor your performance. If you attach a cycle clock to your bike you remain focused on your speed and distance, thus motivating you to push harder than you otherwise would.
Indeed, it can help to know what you are hoping to achieve from your cycling. You may be using cycling as a way to lose weight, tone up, and get a bit fitter, but if you are actually interested in improving your cycling performance you may have to take a more systematic approach to your training. Knowing that you want to cover 50 miles within a certain time, for instance, can keep you focused on your goal and thus help you to stay motivated to keep training until you are able to achieve what you set out to.
It can sometimes be difficult to motivate yourself to get on your bike, particularly when the weather is bad or you are not in a positive frame of mind, but it helps to remember why you decided to take up cycling in the first place and what you are hoping to achieve, so that you keep pedalling even on those occasions when you may not feel like it.