On Yer Bike! New Year Resolution series

| January 15, 2014 | 8 Comments

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have lots of plans for the upcoming months, both for myself and for the blog.  One of those promises to myself is to get fit and healthy.  I’ve already increased the amount of walking that I do, as I was getting lazy with that last year, having a new puppy, really helps too.  I think importantly because I now have both of my children at school, I can get out and about during the day a lot easier, to visit friends, or go shopping.  I don’t drive, so I do tend to walk to most places or catch the bus.  I wanted to try and catch the bus less though, so I decided that the best thing would be to get myself a bike – people of Nottingham beware! ;)

I’m working with Argos this year to help get fit and healthy, and using one of their bikes to get me started, I can’t wait to show you it, its very similar to this one, but sadly not pink :

pink vintage bike

Riding a bike is a fantastic form of exercise, great for all the family to enjoy too.  I’ve done a little research on it, and like the idea of having killer legs…

Cyclists are notorious for having killer legs. After all, the quads, glutes, and calves are propelling the bike. But working the handlebar sculpts your upper body too, giving you balanced tone :

-Erik Moen, a physical therapist who treats elite athletes.

I also would like to increase my energy levels : A study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics found that bike riding improved energy levels by 20 percent and decreased fatigue by 65 percent. Why…

Cycling triggers your brain to release the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is linked to energy.

-lead author Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., a professor of kinesiology at the University of Georgia at Athens.

Cycling really is a fantastic form of exercise.

I’m also involved in a project for Sport Relief, where I will be joining a group of other bloggers in a blogger relay starting in Lands End on the 12th January 2014 and finishes in John O Groats on the 23rd March 2014. The aim is to raise over £20,000 for Sport Relief. You can read more about it HERE .  I am part of the team that will cover Nottingham on foot and by bike, though as an emergency we may need to use other forms of transport.  So all this keeping fit is definitely needed!

This is the first is a series of posts about – My New Years Resolution brought to you in Collaboration with Argos.

 

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  1. Penny
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    We will have to go cycling together! I have to train for my bit of the team honk relay too, eeek! Love that bike. You were looking very well last time I saw you, 2014 is a going to be a fab year for you I reckon!
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  2. becky says:

    That looks a lovely bike
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  3. How exciting!! i am on the same journey and loving it. Although mine is more heavily focused on weight loss.

    Cant wait to see your new bike x
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  4. Louise
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    love the bike, a pink one would be cool! cycling is a really fun way to get fit xx
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  5. Jen
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    Mmm… so we both have a new bike. And we’re both doing the Notts to derby walk. This can mean only one thing…. we need to go out cycling together! Or I’ll cycle to yours for coffee and vice versa!!
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  6. Molly Louise
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    How exciting! I look forward to reading about your cycling adventures xx
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