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Bicycles: social distancing and staying fit on two wheels

Bicycles: social distancing and staying fit on two wheels

Although gyms across the country will soon reopen their doors, it seems push bikes have become everyone’s favourite way to keep fit while remaining socially distant.

The bicycle boom has seen families and fitness fanatics alike turn to cycling as a means of exercise, transportation and entertainment. So, it’s no wonder why bicycle sales have skyrocketed. 

Riding a bicycle has many health benefits. In fact, it only takes a few hours a week of cycling to improve your health. Here are a few other helpful reasons why cycling is a great way to keep active:

It’s a fun way to get fit

There’s almost nothing better than feeling like a kid again as you zoom around bends and let the wind dance through your hair. Plus, being outdoors means you can soak up the scenery and sun’s rays, which might just make you more likely to continue cycling in comparison to other physical activities that keep you cooped up indoors.

It’s simple and fun to learn (or teach)

Unlike some other sports or activities, cycling doesn’t require high levels of physical skill. This makes it easy to teach your children and can be a fun bonding activity. Plus, once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget.

It’s a great form of exercise

Riding is a great way to burn calories. This is because as you push the pedals on a bike, you use all of the major muscle groups in your body causing those extra kilos to shed. Overall, cycling increases stamina, strength, cardiovascular fitness, joint mobility, flexibility, posture and coordination, not to mention a great stress and anxiety reliever.

It can be done at your own pace

Whether you’re a beginner rider or a pro, cycling can be done at a level and intensity that suits your skill. If you have almost no sense of coordination or you’re not confident sharing the road with cars, you can take it slow by starting off at a park with the kids then gradually work your way up. There are many forms of cycling – from leisurely mountain biking to competitive track cycling – so test the waters and find what kind of cycling you enjoy most.

It’s low impact

Cycling causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.

It’s environmentally friendly

As a mode of transport, cycling doesn’t pollute the air unlike vehicles that release harmful emissions. And if you’re swapping your car for your bike to commute, you can feel better knowing you’re helping Mother Nature while freeing up space on roads.

So, whether you’re looking to buy a new set of wheels or you’re ready to dust off your old bike and hit the road, consider protecting your bicycle with us. NRMA Insurance will protect your pushbike against things like theft, vandalism and accidental damage.

Insure your bicycle with Single Item Insurance or add it to your Home Contents Insurance as an optional extra – just keep in mind that we don’t cover bicycles while they’re being used in a competitive race or time trial.

Most importantly, if you plan on pedalling out and about help keep the roads safe by following bike laws and road rules.

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