I had an old bike in the shed, which I’d rarely used. Lots of people cycled past me when I was out walking, all ages and shapes, some leisurely, some at speed, many alone but often in twos, threes or very much larger groups. With the nicer summer weather, it occurred to me that perhaps I could cycle too. I dug out the old bike and enlisted the help of a cycling friend to make sure it was roadworthy.
The old expression, ‘a bit like riding a bike’ – well sort of – I was a bit wobbly at first and did have to re-learn how to use the gears, which I still get wrong now and again, but I didn’t fall off.
I persevered, as it was a different way of getting out and seeing more of the countryside and a different form of exercise.
I saw the world from a different perspective, discovering new routes through lanes and cycleways.
My balance improved as I felt more in control of the bike each time I went out.
I found that cycling helped me with managing my weight, also improving my muscle tone and added another dimension for my mental wellbeing.
Is there an activity you used to enjoy that you might like to do again, or a new activity you might like to try?
Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you