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Taking on a new fitness challenge by Joanne Jones

As some of you may already be aware, I am not the fittest of persons and avoid exercise like the plague as I do enjoy my rest days. That is until last month when I was chatting to my husband who wanted us to be able to do more things together, that did not involve food and drink when he suggested we start riding bikes... Eeek!

Joanne & Michael Jones Off On A Bike RideIt was the 70’s the last time I had been on a bike, and I don’t have many happy memories as I fell off a lot and have plenty of scars on my knees to prove it. However low and behold, I came home from work one week to find a second-hand bike, new helmet, lights and a bell waiting for me! So there was no going back now!

We waited until the weekend when we were both free to go out on our first adventure. We are fortunate as we live in such a beautiful area where there are lots of bike paths. We started slowly, well very slowly for me as I was very wobbly to begin with, but soon started to gain confidence, and we managed 3 miles on our first outing. Boy did my thighs ache though, and a new seat was definitely needed to be purchased, but it was exhilarating, and I was shocked at how much I really loved it.

We go out each weekend now and go further and further each time, and I can feel my confidence growing. It's great to be spending time together as well as toning up and getting fitter too. However, I still haven’t mastered what all of the gears are for yet, but that’s just work in progress.

Joanne Jones On Her BikeA bike rack has now appeared, and it looks like we will be taking the bikes away with us when we go camping later next month! We intend to get out even more and build our energy levels up so that we can go further afield and enjoy all that this beautiful country has to offer, and I am also looking forward to the light nights for an evening bike ride too. I am entirely sold, and glad I took the plunge and gave it a go. I hope I can inspire others to do the same or try something that is outside your normal comfort zone. If I can try something new, anyone can.

I have done some research and learned there are also some great benefits to cycling:

  • Improving cardiovascular function - cycling is an aerobic activity, which means your heart and lungs will benefit as well as your leg muscles.
  • Muscle strength and tone - cycling will build muscle tone, especially the quads, glutes and calf muscles.
  • Increases mental wellbeing - cycling triggers the release of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain, and increased health and fitness brought by regular cycling contributes to a generally happier outlook on life.
  • Increased energy - cycling builds stamina, muscle strength and overall physical endurance, so for many new cyclists, it’s an unexpected benefit to having more energy for day-to-day things.
  • Cycling can take your mind off problems, or give you a chance to think about them in a calm way.
  • Family fun - cycling as a family is a fun way to spend your free time, and a great bonding experience.

If you would like to have a go, all I can say is go for it, as just like me you will be pedalling your way to more confidence and lots and lots of fun!

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Comments on Taking on a new fitness challenge by Joanne Jones
Sheryl Chudley 14/03/2019 11:10
I have just started couch to 5k....my 10 year old is doing it with me:)
Carrie Davies 13/03/2019 16:17
Oh yes I down loaded a tabata app you pick what exercises you want to do its on a timer for 1 minute intervals.
Best bit about it is you can do as much as you want or as little as you can manage. As I have my phone with me all the time I know I can workout anywhere anytime.. it sends reminders of what time you picked for that day as a good time and it tracks it all.
You can see what you've done eg leg raises or situps and what you've not done. It creates accountability.
Gina stephen 13/03/2019 14:07
I registered with race at your pace I completed my 25miles and got my medal. It's a start in the right direction.
Tracey duffy 13/03/2019 10:09
I have started this plan many times but never stuck to it for more than a week. I am now on week 4 and have started walking to school with the kids every day taking the dog on longer walks and doing gymnastics with my 3 yr old on a Saturday morning. I am determined to lose this weight and het fit for our 1st family holiday in 10 years.
Kim Brown 12/03/2019 22:20
I havent exercised for a year. Started slim and save and have gone back to the gym aiming to do some circuits and also do some light aerobics 2 to 3 tines a week. I am also using my fitbit and trying to get 10000 steps a day in as my job is quite sendentry. I was lucky if i was getting 3000 to 4000 steps a day in prior to this.
Gayle Baty 12/03/2019 20:58
I took up running in January. I'm upto 6.5k and I'm no longer run/walking I'm actually running. I'm so proud of myself and not bad for 48. Iv done a couple of 5k park runs and I'm looking for a race for life run to do in memory of my wonderful nan. I couldn't have done this without loosing the weight with this diet.
Shelley 12/03/2019 20:31
Great inspiration....I’ve tried to find exercise opportunities which fit easily with my lifestyle, I’ve started horse riding once a week, something I hadn’t done for 30years, 40 mins swimming lengths whilst my children have their lesson and walking or cycling to school instead of driving helps us all have a positive start to our day and a nice chat on the way to school...all positive and sustainable activities..
James Eastwood 12/03/2019 20:15
As a newbie and trying hard my new fitness idea involves little steps, parking further from the door at work and the shops and during the working day getting away from my desk to walk about and go to the office upstairs or the other unit across the road
Louise Hewitt 12/03/2019 19:54
I started my most favourite fitness in 2012. My work colleagues invited me to participate in the charity bike ride London to Paris ! I immediately said yes, went off a purchased my road bike and haven’t looked back since. I’m terrible at running as it puts a lot of strain on my back but the cycling works a treat!
Kirsty Thomson 12/03/2019 18:34
My fiancé is just starting this plan and we'll be going out for walks at the weekend with our 2 children. I walk the nursery run 6 times a week and I'm planning on doing a 30 minute walk into our town centre once a week.

I've bought a new sling to carry my 12 week old so I can get out and about more during the week and we're also starting baby swimming lessons this week.

Once we've got a bit off we'll dig out bikes - we live in Cornwall and used to get out and about on them regularly.

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