Mountain biking can be fantastic fun, helping you to get outdoors and explore the rolling hills of the Great British countryside, but it’s also a great way to get fit without needing to slog it out at the gym three times a week. People are turning in their droves to mountain biking as their way to get fit, with sales of mountain bikes increasing all the time.
The great thing about mountain biking is that it doesn’t feel like you’re working out as you’ll be having fun while you’re doing it. Even if you’re completely new to mountain biking, you’ll be surprised at just how easy it can be, meaning that you no longer need to be worried about getting out of breath or waking up the next day feeling like you’ve done five rounds with Mike Tyson. The gear-shift systems on mountain bikes mean that a simple flick of a switch will ensure that your bike’s gears can adapt to a setting which means you can make progress without having to burn your legs out trying to get up a steep hill, which is a massive advantage over a road bike.
Full suspension mountain bikes are designed to make cycling on uneven off-road surfaces much easier, with chunky tyres designed to grip even the most precarious of surfaces, allowing even the thrill seekers amongst us to experience all of the benefits of mountain biking. The comfort and ride quality of a full suspension mountain bike means that you don’t need to worry about waking up sore the next day, either, allowing you to get fit with relative comfort —and that’s not something which can be said of a conventional gym or many other ways of getting fit.
And it’s not only the direct fitness benefits which make mountain biking so attractive, either. With mountain bikes starting from just £79.99 with Halfords, the years you’ll get out of cycling for fitness will soon eclipse what you’d spend on costly gym memberships. On average, a gym membership in the UK costs around £368 a year. So, within three months, your mountain bike will effectively be making you money, while allowing you to get fit in the Great British outdoors without having to slog it out in a sweaty gym. When you look at it that way, it’s easy to see why so many people are turning to mountain biking.