On your bike!
The pandemic saw more and more people choosing to get on their bikes – and pedalling their way to better fitness during lockdown.
But cycling is not only excellent exercise – it can improve mental health and wellbeing as well.
Cycling on your own or with friends or family can be a great social activity, and a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors.
To support your safety there are lots of quiet roads and off-road cycle tracks, and you may be surprised how many there are in your local area if you look.
The figures show that cycling to work make great sense – and not just in financial and environmental terms. It is linked with a 46% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and a 45% lower risk of developing cancer, compared to commuting by car or public transport.
Cycling is particularly good for people who want to reach a healthier weight too - or have joint problems. This is because it is not weight-bearing and so is less likely to damage joints than activities that put them under pressure.
Want to give pedalling to work a go?
By buying a bike on the cycle to work scheme via MyBundle+ you will save 32% on a new bike and safety equipment up to the value of £1,000 and can spread the cost over 18 months.
For traffic free and quiet cycle routes check out the national cycle network: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/national-cycle-network.
The First Class Support service is completely confidential and independent. Visit www.rmgfirstclasssupport.co.uk or download the ‘Lifeworks’ app to access health assessments, tailored support programmes and content.
Call 0345 266 5060 or use the online chat facility via the website or app if you would like to talk to someone about any physical or mental health-related matter, for lifestyle advice, or for direct access to counselling treatments. New users of the website or app can sign up using a unique invitation code, which is ‘RMG-‘ and your payroll number, for example RMG-12345678.
More information to help support you make lifestyle changes and create healthier habits is available through our Feeling First Class Health and Wellbeing Intranet Pages available here and on Musculoskeletal health here.