Don't forget the psychological benefits
Take a moment to notice and appreciate the sense of freedom you get as you glide along on your bike, the simple pleasure of watching the natural world around you, and the feeling of a gentle breeze on your skin and the sun on your face. As well as being good for your physical health, cycling is great for your mind too! No matter how intensely you ride, cycling has an amazing effect on stress levels, well-being, memory, and even sleep. You'll feel the benefits right from the first turn of the pedals!
Give yourself regular breaks to explore landmarks you've never bothered to visit before, to have a natter with fellow cyclists, to sit with your nose in a book on a park bench, or to spread out your picnic blanket and have a lazy lunch. The more you ride, the further afield you'll go. Climbs that previously seemed impossible will become a doddle. Incredible views will open up before as you reach the summits of hills. And your nearest and dearest will be champing at the bit to join you on your adventures! With each ride, your self-confidence can't help but grow!