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Go on, show us a wheelie. Biking is, quite simply, the use of bicycles for sport. Riding a bike can help to improve fitness and cardiovascular health, as well as assisting with weight loss and toning the body. Through biking, your journey to work could double up as your daily workout – it doesn’t get much more efficient than that.

How does it work?

It’s a good idea to do some exercises at home before you set off in order to warm up your muscles. Lunges and squats in particular can be a good way to prepare for biking, in addition to leg stretches. Then all you need to do is choose a route - and you’re off!

To tone up your abs as you cycle, concentrate on keeping your core muscles slightly tensed. Interval training can help increase your fitness (and stop you getting bored), so take it slow for a while, and then ride like the wind!

Always remember to do some cool down stretches and gentle exercises after you’ve finished a workout – it’ll help your body recover from the session.

Is it for me?

Biking is a low impact sport that places minimum strain on joints, so it can be a good way to rehabilitate if you’ve damaged your knees.

This activity is suitable for all ages and compared to many other activities is relatively cost effective – all you need is a bike!

Good to know

Biking most commonly refers to the riding of two-wheeled bicycles, but can also refer to riding unicycles, tricycles and quadracycles.

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