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.
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.
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.