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Human Health

Getting fit

Taking up cycling or scootering can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit.


Start really slowly, stop before it hurts and do make sure if you have any existing conditions or concerns you check with your doctor first.


Warming up and cooling down

Don't just go out the front door and start cycling!


A simple 5 minute walk to start and finish is sufficient; don't just stop cycling and immediately sit down, so slow down to a very relaxed speed a few minutes before stopping…this will cool both you and your dog down.


Possible injuries

When starting any activity injury is possible, the same goes for cycling.


Wrists, arms, calves and thighs all take stress when cycling, so it is important to "listen to your body" and any pain is dealt with by seeing a professional.


Usually RICE is enough, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.


Nutrition

It’s important to make sure you have energy for your run, but don’t overdo it. Avoid having a large meal within two hours of your run; you need your blood to be in your muscles, not your digestive system. However, a light snack, such as a banana, before a cycle is fine.


Take water with you on a run for you and your dog:  If you’re thirsty, drink – just not too much.