Questions on the relationship between cycling and bodily health and physical fitness

Why Am I NOT Losing Weight Cycling (for Weight Loss)?
I've split this into four main areas that might give some insight into why the weight isn't disappearing despite the cycling efforts - take a look

Why Am I NOT Losing Weight Cycling (for Weight Loss)?

You're trying hard, putting in the miles on the bike but the weight loss is somehow eluding you. Something's missing, something's up. The time in the saddle isn't translating into lbs dropping off. What on earth is going on? Any time in my counselling practice a client tells me they're battle with themselves,…

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I Ain’t NO CHEAT on an Electric Road Bike! Or am I? #ebikes
So there are a lot of vested interests in both buying and avoiding electric bikes. For me, I'd just like to give one a try. I'm probably unfit enough to merit one. But what about the idea that I'd be cheating myself out of achieving something under my own steam, any merit in that? These are my thoughts

I Ain’t NO CHEAT on an Electric Road Bike! Or am I? #ebikes

So, you know how it is, getting on a bit, you realize you're lagging behind the rest of the bunch on rides, hill climb times are longer, average speed isn't what it once was. That's just life isn't it? Or is it? What if there were some way to keep up with the…

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Can CYCLING Meet CBT to ELIMINATE Your Depression? Aye! Pt3
In this final part of three, we look at how to self-assess the severity of the depression symptoms we're experiencing and use that information to guide our modest and easily achievable cycling goal. We'll discuss the importance of acknowledging our success in having taken the first step towards recovery and in rewarding that success as a way to keep it going

Can CYCLING Meet CBT to ELIMINATE Your Depression? Aye! Pt3

In the final part of this series, I'd like to tie together what we've covered to here as well as providing a general idea of how to ride our bike in a way that both feels achievable to us as well as providing us with benefits in terms of diminishing and beginning to…

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You Over 50? SPIN them Pedals! Here’s Why I LOVE Cycling Pt4
All about the benefits from cycling for depression, anxiety, gaining back a mental, emotional balance and being afforded a buffer that can allow us a rational perspective on issues. And all through riding the bike!

You Over 50? SPIN them Pedals! Here’s Why I LOVE Cycling Pt4

We've already talked about here and on the CyclingQuestions YouTube channel about how beneficial cycling is in reducing and eliminating physical tension. We discussed how a good deal of non-trauma physical tension can be precipitated by, or exacerbated by psychological stress, the kind many of us are under day-to-day. But hello, Dear Reader…

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You Over 50? SPIN them Pedals! Here’s Why I LOVE Cycling Pt3
Not news, I've written here elsewhere, but I rid myself of asthma and my cycling was a major assist. I notice the benefits in pulmonary strength now at the 50+ age, but moreso in winter when keeping riding does its bit to keep me (and you!) in cardio and respiratory health!

You Over 50? SPIN them Pedals! Here’s Why I LOVE Cycling Pt3

As an over-50 cyclist, I continue to feel so many tangible benefits from my road riding. I've no doubt the same benefits can be had from any other kind of cycling, or exercise for that matter when done with a mind for it. For me, road cycling is where I'm at now at…

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You Over 50? SPIN them Pedals! Here’s Why I LOVE Cycling Pt2
Part 2 of 4 on the joys and benefits of cycling over 50. This time, can cycling really be both physically calming and physically energizing at the same time? Find out...

You Over 50? SPIN them Pedals! Here’s Why I LOVE Cycling Pt2

So I grabbed an early ride this morning. I thought I'd miss the worst of the weather according to what the Met Office had forecasted. Haha, turns out that didn't happen. I got soaked. Not the end of the world. But worse, the sleet falling on already frozen ground made the going kinda…

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You Over 50? SPIN them Pedals! Here’s Why I LOVE Cycling Pt1
Part 1 of 4 on the joys, benefits and gains to be had from cycling over 50 years of age. Here, we're talking physical competence, strength maintenance and fitness amongst other stuff!

You Over 50? SPIN them Pedals! Here’s Why I LOVE Cycling Pt1

I'm sure it's a given in all our minds that cycling has appreciable health benefits, both physical and mental, irrespective of what age you are, from the very youngest to the oldest and wisest among us. For me, it's been getting to the 50-plus age group that's focused my mind a bit on my health. Not excessively.…

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15 Low-Tech Tips for Sustaining Your Turbo Training Motivation
Looking good lol. All about motivating yourself for the turbo trainer. Why wear a helmet indoors? Find that out too! *Washing machine optional :D

15 Low-Tech Tips for Sustaining Your Turbo Training Motivation

Where possible, I try not to see my turbo-training sessions as an alternative to "proper" riding outdoors. I think of them instead as supplementary or in addition to my normal riding. But come the wetter, icier weather at this time of year I don't get too hung up on swapping the thought of…

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Got a Single-Speed Road Bike Winter Strength Training Plan?
Strength Training for Winter - one way to put the colder weather to good use!

Got a Single-Speed Road Bike Winter Strength Training Plan?

If, like me, you live in a climate with decent seasonal variations then maybe winter can have ominous undertones when it comes to cycling. There's the frozen roads, seemingly interminable darkness and often that sub-par feeling from lacking vitamin D and what I always imagine as being my body's need to hibernate! At…

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BEST Bike for EXERCISE Hands down Winner?
You're in a relaxed state, body asleep, mind alert... Not really! Just a simple exercise to determine which bike's best for your exercising

BEST Bike for EXERCISE Hands down Winner?

Is biking good for exercise? Of course it is, there's more than enough evidence to promote cycling as a pretty awesome form of exercise! Maybe you’ve seen bikes on your travels or maybe images of cyclists in the media and thought, I could do that too? Maybe you’ve been imagining the sense of…

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Feel Rough? Go FULL HARDCORE Cycling with a Chest Cold!
Um... Well kind of but not really, lol. Basically, is it okay to go riding with a chest cold?

Feel Rough? Go FULL HARDCORE Cycling with a Chest Cold!

Since adopting my program of measures to ditch the asthma, there's only one thing that can still have me reach for the inhaler and that's the acute period of the chest cold. The need for the inhaler isn't inevitable nor are the severity of the symptoms, but the chest cold itself, yup that's…

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What are some NUMB-FREE SEATS to Cycle with PROSTATE Diffs?
Solid wooden saddles, probably not! Just kidding, this is one of my carved lasts for a leather saddle resto job :)

What are some NUMB-FREE SEATS to Cycle with PROSTATE Diffs?

Following from my Prostate 101 article, I wanted to put forward a few saddle ideas that don't work against us as cyclists. Hello, Dear Reader and welcome! I'm glad you're here. We're all well aware I'm sure of some saddles' abilities to cause numbness, in some cases pain on or around the perineal…

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