Looking for a reason to get out on your bike this weekend? Well here’s 5 to get you started!

​1. Get fit & keep trim.

Cycling has great health benefits. It helps keep the waistline in shape and stimulates the body’s natural metabolism. Your body’s metabolic rate is increased during a ride and also for several hours afterwards. Cycling is also an ideal activity for those who can not move easily to exercise.

2. Get healthy, glowing skin.

Outdoor exercise helps to relieve stress and get your heart pumping. A healthy heart means better quality sleep which will help you look and feel fresher throughout the day. The fresh air and exercise boosts blood circulation too which will make your skin look brighter and healthier.

3. Boost your bank balance.

Whether you’re looking for an alternative way of commuting to work or simply a change when popping down the shops, jumping on your bike instead of in the car will help you save on travel costs in the long run. Even with care and maintenance, a bike is much cheaper to run than a car. There are no fuel costs and parking is free. The added exercise benefits could also save you money on that gym membership you’ve been forking out for!

4. Save the planet.

Motorised road vehicles are one of the biggest contributors to pollution in the UK. Vehicle emissions including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons have all been linked to climate change. Swapping car for bike is a great way of reducing your carbon footprint and contributing to a cleaner environment.

5. Cycling is sociable.

Cycling can be a great way of escaping the crowds but it can also be a great way of meeting new friends. Road cyclists are a friendly bunch - it’s often common practice to join a group of similar paced riders and get involved in group cycling activities and road races. It’s also something that the whole family can get involved in.

Considering a new bike? Why not visit Spiral Cycles in Ashford and find out what’s in store.

Looking for some new route inspiration? Take a look at Ashford’s cycle routes both town & country!

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