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Bike Week - more than half a million participating

Published: 17 Jun 2014

Since the London Olympics and Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, the popularity of cycling in Britain has gone from strength to strength.

This trend shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon either. With Bike Week scheduled between 14th-22nd June, hundreds of events have been planned across the country to coincide with this annual celebration of all things pedal-powered. Organisers are predicting that more than half a million people will get involved.

It's hoped that many people who have never really immersed themselves in the culture of cycling, can realise the multiple benefits that being a cyclist can bring.

Along with the environmental and social aspects, one of the most important elements is how the hobby can make a positive impact on a person's wellbeing - often ensuring they are leading a more active lifestyle without even knowing it.

By cycling to work as a form of transport, and cutting out the bus or car, can be an easy way for anyone to incorporate exercise into their daily routine, also encouraging a health body and state of mind – leading to improved wellbeing in the workplace too.

To build cardiovascular fitness, it's recommended that a person spends around 150 minutes per week on their bike, while British Cycling - the organisation responsible for maintaining an interest in the pastime - offers a wide range of suggestions and advice for those looking to get more involved.

Our Health Check UK report recently assessed the state of the nation’s wellbeing, surveying 2,000 adults on their attitudes towards exercise and healthy living.

As well as gaining an insight into how different age groups are dealing with the pressures of modern life and their own body image, it's hoped the results can raise awareness of what needs to be done to further improve the physical and mental state of the nation.

Can you encourage your clients to make the most of Bike Week, which could ultimately mean they improve their health and wellbeing?

You can read more on the findings from our Health Check UK report by clicking here.

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