Heading into the new year with a goal to create not only a strong body, but also a strong mind, last weekend I cycled 26 miles from my house in Bermondsey, to and around Richmond park. I was really apprehensive at first, I really didn't believe I could do it, because when you have 26 miles in front of you, it can seem quite daunting. Running 26 miles is a completely different ball game, on bike it is quite fine!
A few hills in Richmond, the rest of the journey, mainly along the Thames was completely flat. Tracked with Strava, these bike rides are something I will be doing a couple of times a month, not only are they an amazing workout, but also a brilliant opportunity to explore London and a great way to clear your head and reboot.
3 parts of your body that are worked during cycling
1. Core - Whilst it is your lower body pushing you forward, it is your core that is required for the balance, especially when off road and on different terrain.
2. Legs - Great for building strong quads and toning your legs, especially up hill. I tend to cycle out of my seat a lot which is great for full body.
3. Arms - Gripping the handle bars, you are supporting your upper body for a long period of time, similar to holding an isometric pushup pose, so great for toning.
Photography by RED Agency London.