Cycling is one of those sports that everyone can take part in. It doesn’t matter whether you’re male, female, able-bodied or disabled. And it makes no difference whether you’re an adult or a child. Cycling is a sport that’s open to everyone. That’s probably why millions of us enjoy getting on our bikes on a regular basis!
Are you a keen cyclist? If so, you might be thinking of taking your hobby up a step. You may wish to get more involved with group cycling activities, for example.
There are plenty of ways to become a successful cyclist. By “successful” I mean someone that can stick to a particular regime to be at their best. Here’s how you can be a successful cyclist too:
Set some realistic goals
The first thing you need to do is think about what it is you wish to achieve. Do you want to spend more time cycling longer distances in the summer? Do you have dreams of going on the Tour de France? Perhaps you’d just like to be fitter to cycle to work and back each day?
Whatever your goals, make sure you define them. There’s nothing worse than putting in a lot of effort without knowing why you’re doing so!
Create some small yet achievable milestones
The next step is to create some “mini” goals. Small milestones that you know is possible to achieve. Don’t be too ambitious and try to achieve the impossible!
For example, you might wish to set up a cycling group with your friends and cycle each weekend. You could even make it official by getting some men’s cycling kits (or women’s for the ladies)! Perhaps you’d like to set other targets, such as doing an extra hour’s worth of cycling a week.
Think about how your cycling fits in with your lifestyle
Some people struggle to put the hours in if they want to spend more time cycling. For the most part, that’s down to spending too much time doing other things.
Now is the time to evaluate your lifestyle and determine if you need to change anything. Just don’t let cycling take over your life because it can end up having an adverse effect on your lifestyle. Remember – the key is to be successful, not obsessive.
Stick to an achievable fitness regime
Being a keen cyclist is one thing. But if you run out of steam after just one mile, you need to improve your fitness first. That means coming up with an actionable diet and exercise regime. I recommend using technology to help you out here.
For instance, if you’ve got an iPhone, you could use a calorie counting app like MyFitnessPal. It also allows you to log your weight so you can keep track of your weight loss. And you can even keep a diary of your daily food intake. That way, you can train your mind not to eat things that are bad for you!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s article. See you soon!