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Health Benefits - Cycling/Mountain Biking

Physical Health

  • Great for building up aerobic fitness and overall stamina.
  • Good for developing leg muscles and helping give greater mobility of ankle, hip and knee joints.
  • Also great for all the body including the back, shoulders, abdomen and arms as they are all used to steer, balance and power the bike onwards.

Mental Health and Well-being

  • Being out on your bike in the wonderful countryside and breathing in the fresh air refreshes and clears the mind from daily distractions.
  • A great stress buster and an excellent way to beat anxiety and depression.
  • Encourages a positive attitude to meet the challenge of conquering the climbs and whizzing back down the Pembrokeshire hills.

Rehab and Recovery

  • Always discuss any rehab or recovery plan with your health care provider.
  • Good for those returning from injury as it is a non-load-bearing sport and risk of strain and injury to the joints, muscles or tendons is low.
  • Start with short distances and build up.
  • How far and fast you go is totally up to you, and you can get off and push if you want!
  • Bikamobility run by Pembrokeshire County Council helps develop cyclng for all including confidence in car-free and flat terrain. Call Owen Roberts on 01437 776313 for more information.

Social

  • A great activity to take part in as a couple or in a larger group.
  • An ideal family activity, with child seats and trailers making it easy to bring along the little ones.
  • There are many great cycling groups and clubs you can join, or even set up your own!

Weight Management

  • Cycling is a great way to lose those unwanted pounds.
  • Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour and if you go for it, you can burn over 600 calories an hour.
  • A steady afternoon’s cycling can burn up to 800 calories.



Healthy You

Pembrokeshire offers many ways of improving your health, from increasing stamina/strength, losing weight or improving your positive mental health and wellbeing.

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