With the New Year starting tomorrow, we might as well face it, it is time to get back in shape and get fit. It probably goes without saying, but we can’t think of a better way to get fit than cycling. So let’s make this easy, we are here today to share some basic tips to have fun and get fit at the same time. Without the fun, fitness programs rapidly fail for most.
It’s easier to stay disciplined when your plan is laid out in advance so consider establishing a weekly or monthly ride schedule and keeping it in a prominent place for motivation (on the refrigerator or on an office file cabinet).
Track Your Training
Logging your training is an excellent motivator, too. It’s rewarding to look back and see how much you’ve accomplished, and it fuels your desire to do more. All that’s required is a notebook. For each ride, jot the date, distance, time and a brief description of the ride with any details you feel like tracking such as the weather or who you rode with. Details like these will make the ride come alive when you’re reviewing your workouts, later.
You can also enter specifics such as your resting morning heart rate, how you felt, your average speed, body weight, any foods you tried on the ride, even new bike equipment. The data can be as detailed and specific or as casual as you like. The more detailed it is, though, the easier it’ll be to interpret the data to determine why you felt good or bad on given days/rides.
Be sure to follow a sensible diet with your riding regimen, too. Eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day will keep your energy levels high and your metabolism going. Many cyclists find that snacking on energy bars is a great way to get a boost during the day. And they drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Don’t rush fitness gains, either. Let your body gradually get in shape. And keep it fun because the more fun you have, the more likely it is that you’ll achieve your goals. Finding a partner or two with similar abilities and goals can be a big help in enjoying your riding. And committing to ride with someone else serves as a strong motivator. If you don’t have a ride partner, check with us to find out about the group rides in our area. Soon you’ll be enjoying new rides, making friends and getting healthier, all while having a ton of fun!
So there you go, our New Years gift to you, we actually a gift to yourself. Go ride and enjoy the cycling experience!