It doesn't come as a big surprise that obesity, heart disease and other lifestyle diseases and ailments are on the rise. For one, more and more people are leading a more sedentary lifestyle. Couple that with the prevalence of fast food meals, and you have the perfect recipe for a disaster.
While there is no quick fix to remedy these, more and more experts are advising individuals to get out more often and engage in physical activities. Not only will these types of activities benefit London, UK residents in terms of losing weight, but they will also help boost their confidence and sense of wellbeing as well as improve their sense of being.
One activity that is suitable for just about everyone is cycling. It does not matter if you are young or old, physically fit or a couch potato — you can enjoy the various benefits of cycling if you start pedalling soon. And unlike running, it is easier to get into the sport (and stay) as it is less physically demanding.
Apart from the bicycle (be it a mountain bike, a fixie, a road bike, a folding bike or BMX), you do not have to invest much to get into the hobby. However, some items like Oakley sunglasses will help you enjoy the outdoors on your two-wheeler much better, be it for a quick stroll in the local park or for training for an upcoming triathlon or duathlon.
Some seasoned bikers say that biking in city streets does not require riders to wear helmets. Some do however advise wearing one when riding in a terrain where there is a high probability of crashing to the ground where the helmet can help protect you against concussions. The key in finding the right helmet is to ensure that it fits you properly. Bright coloured helmets are much preferred as they can make the rider more visible and deflect sunlight, thus making them more comfortable to wear.
If you are going for a long ride, sunglasses are an essential accessory you should pick up from your local optical shop. A sturdy eyewear piece with tough frames can help ward off debris and dust while providing you maximum protection from the sun as well as visual acuity. Sunglasses with polycarbonate lenses, the same ones found in some reading spectacles, are much preferred for their impact resistance.
You might also want to invest in a jacket as the weather can sometimes be unpredictable. Opt for ones that are brightly coloured for maximum visibility as well as those that have waterproof and breathable fabric. Cycling shorts give maximum comfort if you embark on a long ride as they help dissipate heat. They also have extra padding which can allow you to ride on your bike longer.
Of course, no decent biker should leave home without his trusty pump and repair kit. A suitable repair kit will, at the least, include a patch kit; tire levers and spare inner tubes and a multi-tool.
If you come prepared, you will definitely make the most out of your cycling adventures.
About The Author: Abigail Mae Prescott is an information and communication systems consultant very much drawn to the fashion, photography and social media world. Starting off her freelance fashion journalism career, she shares her love of shopping and style writing interesting news, tips, gossip and trends. She spends her spare time researching and reading specific topics relating to fashion & beauty brands. She follows the latest eyewear trends through <a href="http://www.fashioneyewear.co.uk">Fashioneyewear.co.uk</a>.