Cycling is free, fun and keeps you fit and healthy while being a sustainable method of transport. It can be done solo or in a group setting and can be an enjoyable way to socialise while being physically active. It is the ultimate family activity, that people of all ages and abilities can explore. It is identified as one of the priority sports in the National Sports Policy 2018-2027 as having the greatest potential for generating higher levels of active participation across a person’s life span.
Cycling is a wonderful method of physical activity and is a low-impact type of physical activity that not only will provide you with an array benefits, but also keep the impact on your joints and bones to a minimum. Not only will you be able to improve your physical and mental health, you can also travel while doing so.
The benefits to be gained from cycling are immense.
Benefits of cycling to work
Cycling to work or campus is a great way to reap the health benefits associated with cycling, and there are other benefits including environmental, financial, and societal benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits associated with cycling to your workplace
- Reduced carbon footprint
- Reduced costs associated with travelling by car – you can save on both fuel and parking costs
- Improved health benefits
- Lower stress levels
- More productivity at work
- Opportunity to increase social engagement.
Health benefits of cycling
Some of the health benefits you may experience when cycling include:
- Increased cardio-respiratory fitness
- Improvement in balance and coordination
- Increased muscular endurance and strength
- Reduced risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Lower risk of certain types of cancers
- Improved management of conditions such as high blood pressure, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and type 2 diabetes
- Reduced risk of depression and
- Improved sleep quality.
Because of this, Roscommon Sports Partnership has always placed huge importance on cycling and cycle safety, with our cycling programmes being some of the most popular programmes in the RSP calendar. Among our cycling tutors are number 1 ranked Irish cyclist Daire Feeley and Irish Paralympian cyclist Richael Timothy.
RSP have an extensive fleet of bicycles for all ages and abilities. This includes a tandem bike and tricycle for anyone with a disability to avail of our programmes also.
Among our cycling focused programmes and events are:
- Cycle Right
- TY on Yer Bikes
- Learn to Cycle
- Women on Wheels
- One-to-one disability cycling training
- Bike Week