There’s a huge list of reasons why cycling is so good for you – from improving your mental and physical wellbeing, to discovering more of ‘The Great Outdoors’. And where better to go on a bike ride than in the beautiful New Forest?

Here’s some of our top reasons why cycling is great for you…

It keeps you active, which is good for your physical health – Cycling will improve your physical health in more than one way, not only can this exercise help in maintaining a healthy weight but it can also reduce the risk of a number of serious illnesses. Cycling is also great to do as it’s a low-impact form of movement, meaning it’s easier on your joints than other types of exercise and it can relieve tension in your body too.

It boosts your mood and improves your mental wellbeing – There are many reasons why cycling will have a fantastic affect on your headspace! Cycling can release endorphins, which boosts your mood and reduces feelings of anxiety, plus it can also lower the levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in your body.

It gets you outdoors – Being outdoors has an incredible connection with happiness, productivity and creative thinking. It’s also great to be outdoors as much as possible, to see more of the world, discover stunning nature and come across wonderful sights. Cycling is a great way to get outdoors for a long period of time and uncover lots of special places.

It’s super fun for everyone – Whether you’re just cycling with your partner or your best friend, or getting together with a group of friends, gathering your family or heading out with a cycling club, or even just saying ‘hello’ to a fellow cyclist, cycling can be a great social activity! It can take you back to the freedom and fun of your childhood, and it’s also great for all abilities, so everyone can get involved in the fun.

It helps save the planet – Cutting down on the amount of driving you do and jumping on a bike instead does wonders for our world, which has a positive impact on us, as humans, and the eco-systems around us.

It’s a great way to explore more of the New Forest – The New Forest has over 140 miles of off-road cycle paths, meaning there’s a huge area of our enchanting forest to explore on a bike! There is no better way to discover the New Forest! You can bring your own bike with you, hire a bike here or even buy a new bike at a local shop. And why not pack a picnic to give yourselves a break to take in the glorious landscape – and boost your energy!

Happy cycling!