Cycle to Work Day
This year, National Cycle to Work Day takes place on 3 August.
Here at ‘Love Your Gut’ we are always looking to try new things, especially if it helps us to keep our gut healthy. In our information pack, Personal Trainer Sophie Christy advises us to try different activities to get our 30 minutes of exercise in every day.
Whether you are working at home or in the office why not get out on your bike to help you achieve this goal?
If you are new to cycling or need to build up your stamina to tackle a long ride, take it slow Try a short route with your family or friends – and keep adding to it. This will allow you to increase your confidence and get you ready for a longer route.
Cycling to the office
Practice cycling to work so you know how much time it will take to ensure you are not late. Always have a puncture repair kit handy in case of an emergency. Check whether your workplace provides shower facilities and leave essentials such as shower gel at the office so you don’t have to carry it every day.
Working from home
Even if you are working from home , you can still take part by setting aside some time in your day. For example, get out and about during your lunch or tea break.
Hydration, hydration, hydration
As with all exercise hydration is key so take a reusable water bottle with you to prevent dehydration. It’s important to remember that if you’re exercising regularly or during the warmer temperatures , you’re likely to need to drink more than 8 glasses a day depending on thirst and sweat loss levels.
Stay safe – Top 5 tips
To stay safe when cycling, you should always wear a helmet, reflective clothing and have lights on your bicycle. See Cycling UK’s ‘Top 5 Cycling Tips’ here: https://www.cyclinguk.org/cycle-safety-advice
Cycling routes – https://www.letsride.co.uk/routes
Pre-Owned Bike Schemes – https://www.halfords.com/cycling/services-advice/second-hand-bikes.html ; https://www.cycleexchange.co.uk/
Cycle share schemes – https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/guide-cycle-share-schemes