Get inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire

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Published: Friday 28th April 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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With the Tour de Yorkshire running from today until Sunday, we’re sharing some tips about cycling.

“This is the biggest event in Yorkshire this year, by some margin,” says Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.

“There is no other free event in the world where you can get so close to so many world-class athletes.”

Whilst the Tour de Yorkshire is incredible, you don’t have to be a professional to reap the advantages of cycling.

Getting on your bike is one of the best forms of exercise around. It helps to build muscle, increase stamina and flexibility, burn fat and strengthen the cardiovascular system.

At the same time, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, get some fresh air and spend time with friends and family.

The above combination has many other subsequent benefits, such as discovering new places, making memories, improving your mood and fighting insomnia.

Despite all of these perks, there are countless people who don’t even own a bike, never mind ride one regularly.

Below are some tips on how to integrate cycling into your lifestyle whilst encouraging others to do the same.

Cycle to work

Taking the bike instead of the car or bus will get your mind and body ready for the day ahead. It will also help to reduce road congestion and carbon emissions.

The funny thing is that you may even get to work faster, depending on traffic conditions. This is due to traffic jams being easy to nip through on a bike – just make sure to stay safe.

Encourage your staff

There are multiple initiatives available to employers and their staff that enable bike ownership.

Cyclescheme allows you to spread the cost of a new bike to make it more manageable. Meanwhile, Cycle2Work from Halfords gives you the chance to save up to 42% on a new bike.

Make the most of the weekend

Bring friends and family together for a cycling outing. It doesn’t have to be dozens of miles and uphill all the way, just plan a leisurely ride along quiet roads to a picnic area, landmark or attraction.

This is a chance to have fun, keep fit and spend some quality time together. The more you do it, the more it will become a natural part of your lifestyle.

Get involved in events

During the warmer months there are cycling events all around the UK. Let’s Ride is a website that lists local activity for all abilities.

Then there’s East Coast Bicycles on Princes Avenue, which organises regular rides, not to mention Hull Bicycle Polo.

Get the kids started early

Children can cycle from a very young age with the help of stabilisers. Developing a love for cycling as a child makes you much more likely to carry on the good habit into adulthood.

From keeping active to developing a favourite pastime and even going pro, who knows where this will lead the little ones?

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Published: Friday 28th April 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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