Cycling to work

Just wondering how many folks on here cycle to work. I am trying to lose a bit of weight & wondered if this would be a good solution. I have tried eating sensibly but i can never stick to it so this may be an alternative. I work just under 5 miles away so it would be about a 10 mile round trip five days a week. I am just wondering is that really going to make much difference?
 

DJT75

Distinguished Member
Just wondering how many folks on here cycle to work. I am trying to lose a bit of weight & wondered if this would be a good solution. I have tried eating sensibly but i can never stick to it so this may be an alternative. I work just under 5 miles away so it would be about a 10 mile round trip five days a week. I am just wondering is that really going to make much difference?

It would definitely make a difference - good regular exercise.

It's something I've toyed with before, others in the office do it but the thing is I'd be sweating like a trooper by the time I'd got to work :eek:
 

FunkyMonkey

Active Member
I am a casual, but keen cyclist. This is about an hour's cycling 5 times a week. As long as you don't tootle all the way, and try to go pretty fast, i.e. exercise yourself, then this a fair amoutn of exercise.

My problem has been that I have stopped weight training. FOr someone who is keen on food, weight training is so important as it is a great way to use up surplus calories that you consume. So cycling in the week, and some sort of resistance exercise on weekends will leave you feelign liek superman.

The older you get (I am edging towards ym mid-30's), the more important is diet - not only to outer health, but inner health. THe worst thing about diet is to stress about it. SO start with exercise and see hwo it goes.
 

Mac User

Well-known Member
I cycle to work (almost) every day.. not to far about 2 miles each way but I find its not only good for regular exercise but to clear my head from the hetic day at work :thumbsup:
 

p203557

Active Member
Go for it! 5 miles really isn't that far. I only occassionally cycle to work (17 miles each way) but this is mainly due to the distance and that its not safe in the dark as there are no street lights for part of the journey. It will have a good impact on your fitness and is cheaper than driving too!
 

ad47uk

Active Member
I either cycle or walk to work and to be honest if I did not I would be even bigger than I am, so yes it does help.
 

shodan

Distinguished Member
I don't cycle, but then its a 40 mile drive...
 

Reign-Mack

Active Member
heh I actually put on weight when I start cycling in the summer but thats because im skinny and its purly muscle mass :devil:

Riding to work does you a world of good but there are a few things to consider
Pro's
Save money on trasport
faster than public transport over short distances in busy cities
health

Con's
change of clothes needed for work
finding a safe secure place for your bike
dealing with idiot car drivers, cycle couriers and pedestrians.
 

John

Moderator
I don't know if you cycle at all at the moment , but something else to consider is fear .
I remember when I cycled to work a couple of years ago . Hadn't really been on the road for over 10 years , never been so fearful of my life before :eek: .
It was never like that when I was a kid on my BMX:D . Oh and the sweat thing as well ;)
 

Andy Leitch

Active Member
I used to cycle the 2.2 miles to work...not any more...it's too dangerous. Everybody thinks you're fair game.

During the winter I wore an orange hi-viz jacket....the football steward type....and I still was almost knocked off my bike on a daily basis.

Once a mini-bus transit van got too close whilst passing... I had to take my foot off the pedal to re-balance myself.....my steel-capped foot made a rather nice dent in the side of the door. :)
 

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