In support of this year’s UK-wide Bike Week (6-14 June) campaign, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is encouraging everyone regardless of age to pedal their way to better health.
Delivered by Cycling UK, Bike Week is an annual celebration of everything that’s wonderful about cycling. Throughout the week, people across the UK are encouraged to cycle more as well as remind themselves of all the positives that riding a bike can bring.
In recent years, the Council has invested significantly in expanding its network of greenways and enhancing its portfolio of outdoor recreation sites with new trails so that local communities can enjoy the many health benefits that cycling provides.
Cycling is an ideal form of exercise to improve health and wellbeing as it is a low impact activity, making it one of the safest ways to exercise without putting strain on your muscles or joints.
Cycling helps to lower your risk of a heart attack by strengthening your heart muscles. It can also be a great way to boost your mental health – partly due to the activity itself but also due to the pleasure of riding a bike in the fresh air.
One hour of cycling burns about 600 calories and can help you maintain a healthy weight by burning body fat and raising your metabolic rate.
During Bike Week, the Council is calling on local people to improve their health and wellbeing by cycling at popular destinations such as Craigavon Lakes, Portadown-Newry Canal Towpath, Gilford Riverside Trail, Oxford Island, Gosford Forest Park and Loughgall Country Park.
As an added bonus, those who get involved in supporting Bike Week could be in with a chance of winning a prize. Simply share your cycling experience with others online using the hashtag #7daysofcycling. Throughout Bike Week, Cycling UK will be picking people at random to win prizes.