Imagine riding on the golden road that leads to the mystical forest. Your only companion and friend is your bicycle. As you ride past the lush green trees, crushing the skeletons of leaves, you feel alive. Your bicycle faithfully obeys you and your wishes. You are finally away from the mundane world with your faithful friend, who takes you to all the beguiling places. Thoughts seem to have ceased all of a sudden. You and your friend discover a mesmerizing pond with naturally teal and turquoise water. Numerous fishes roaming around in the water make you joyful. Just the mere sight of them makes you feel wholesome. This is what cycling feels like.
With the memorable and mindful experience that cycling provides, it is even proved beneficial for your health. You must know that it is a sport that any age can practise. There are no limitations to it. There are several other merits of it as well. The first is that it is an environment friendly and economical mode of transport. Secondly, it provides certain health benefits like it reduces stress levels, increases the pumping of the heart, reduces the risk of cancer, etc. Also, it is a highly competitive sport around the world.
The fascinating history of cycling
Cycling has had a marvellous past. It has been a known sport and means of transportation for centuries. It was declared as a sport in the year 1868. It began in 1791 in the royal classes in Paris. The trend and craze of cycling began in the 1890s. People around the world celebrated cycling, and since then, it has grown widely popular. There are several races and marathons for cycling. It has grown popular both in the professional as well as personal aspect. It is one of the most flexible sports.
In India, several freedom fighters like Harohalli Sriniasaiah Doreswamy and the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, used to travel long distances through cycles. Gandhi Ji is known for using cycles to transport in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
The present situation of cycling amid the pandemic
We all are aware of the ongoing pandemic. So, what has been the situation of cycling these days? Well, there is a significant decline in the number of cyclists these days. Some are choosing to go for cycling on indoor premises. However, cycling indoors is not as beneficial as outdoors. When one cycles outdoors, it reduces stress level quite rapidly. But, the same is not observed in indoor cycling.
Fortunately, there is some hope for cyclists in the situation of pandemic too. You can go cycling outdoors by following the necessary protocols like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. You must ensure going for cycling on less crowded roads. Also, do not fall for the trends of the herd. When you are cycling, you must follow it the way you want to. Remember, don’t count the steps; count the calories burnt! Have a joyful experience with cycling!