On Your Bike!

posted by the hanging out team - Friday, January 04, 2013
‘Tis the season to be sorely disappointed with oneself!

The Christmas cheer fades as does the delusion that all is well with your body after all it has consumed. Yes, as we thunder through those Christmas calories. This is the traditional time of year to be overly consumed with how much we have eaten and how little we have exercised. It doesn’t have to be a drag though. Exercise is great when you find the one thing that you enjoy. For some people it’s jogging, for some Zumba but for Sir Bradley Marc Wiggins, hands down cycling is the way forward.

Bradley Wiggins cycling to Olympic Gold.  Photo courtesy of jans canon

Having being the first British winner of the Tour De France in 2012 (that’s in over 100 years); Sir Bradley has gone on to do win Sports Personality of the Year! Sir Bradley also has seven Olympic medals under his belt, four of which are Gold.

Sir Bradley Wiggins is an all rounder when it comes to everything coming top in fashion as well as sport. He stepped into the lime light as somewhat of a Mod Fashion icon with his suave double breasted velvet suit with Mod staple fringed loafers at the Sports Personality Awards 2012. No wonder here at Hanging Out we have a soft spot for him, we love a Mod. Vintage Fashion Icon, Cycling champ and musician? Sir Bradley is also pretty deft with a guitar as he played covers of "That’s Entertainment" by The Jam and "Wonderwall" by Oasis after the ceremony; both bands having connections with the Mod Scenes and its Britpop Revival.

We feel inspired by the eclectic knight’s achievements and are dusting off our bikes to get fit in 2013! Cycling is one of the most enjoyable forms of exercise that works on so many levels. As it is a low impact form of exercise it’s not as hard on your joints as running but still burns some serious calories. It is a great way to tone up your legs and cycling off road or uphill is a good upper body workout too.

Photo courtesy of Damien Walker

More and more people in London are cycling every year. With the Boris Bikes making cycling accessible to everyone, so there’s no excuse people! It’s better for you and better for the environment. Regular exercise like cycling can also help to reduce stress and increase happiness. In order to feel the full benefits of cycling, cycle for at least 150 minutes a week and partner with that all important New Year’s eating healthily instead of eating less!

We all came out of 2012 inspired by the Olympics, wanting to push our bodies and minds further than ever. What better way to start the New Year than bringing that surge forward and getting sporty in 2013? Get on a bike instead of sobbing over a bowl of shredded carrots and get healthy the fun way.

If it’s good enough for Wiggins, it’s good enough for Hanging out!

Happy New Year!

by Natasha Dujon


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