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11 October 2021
One of the most loved activities enjoyed by many around the world is cycling. Whether it brings back nostalgic childhood memories, provides an eco- and wallet-friendly mode of transportation, or gives you an energising way to get some exercise, it is clear that cycling offers a wealth of benefits for people of all ages.
As most studies conclude, regular physical activity helps with protection from serious diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis as well as improving your mental wellbeing. It also helps with obesity and reduces other health risks that are associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
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Cycling is also low impact, causing less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise. It works your core muscles, including your back and abdominals. Maintaining your body’s balance and keeping the bike in position when cycling helps build a certain amount of core strength.
In recent years, cycling has really picked up in Malaysia due to its health benefits. Additionally, it’s also an easy sport that can be enjoyed alone, with friends or family. In fact, even in KL, more and more cycling routes have been made available for those interested in biking in a safe and friendly space.
"Cycling is also low impact, causing less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise."
So, you want to start riding but are not quite sure how to start? Well, with a bike of course! The best way to start bike shopping is at a local store. They will be able to make sure the bike fits you, help you get set up on it and advise you on the bike that suits your budget.
For most beginner cyclists, they tend to stick to 8-16 km for months before they build their basic stamina to hit the 30-50 km rides. If you want to cover longer distances, start building your stamina and ensure you have a bike that is fit for the journey.
"For most beginner cyclists, they tend to stick to 8-16 km for months before they build their basic stamina to hit the 30-50 km rides."
Now that you are done preparing for your first ride, here are some safe spots with amazing views for you to start:
The Central Park, Desa Park City
The lush greenery and pet-friendly park offers Insta-worthy snaps while the cycling route that circles the lake provides a stunning view with a fresh breeze.
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
Consisting of several mountain bike trails with varying difficulty and terrains that are suitable for beginners and pros. There’s even a kid-friendly path for a fun family day out. Once you’re done cycling, take a refreshing dip in one of the waterfalls to cool off!
Taman Tasik Titiwangsa
A calm green oasis nestled in the heart of the bustling city, the Titiwangsa Lake Garden overlooks the city skyline and is perfect for outings with friends or family. Bike rental is also available, so you don’t have to bring your bike from home.
Putrajaya Botanical Garden
A favourite spot amongst the cycling community because of its wonderful paths and tranquil surroundings. Although it is a bit of a drive from the city, the scenery is well worth it. But you probably want to be there early in the morning or late evenings to beat the heat.
Kepong Metropolitan Park
A popular kite-flying destination with over 95-hectares of space, this park also comes with a 3km cycling path surrounding the lake – the path is flat and easy to bike around even for children. Stay till the evening to catch a pretty sunset by the lake!
Cycling is an enjoyable way to stay healthy and it can be even more rewarding if you are an AIA Vitality member! Just link your fitness device or app to track your workout and earn up to 100 points per day!
All you need now is good weather, your bike, your gear, and a steady path ahead. Just remember to always wear protective gear, be safe when on the roads and drink plenty of water before going out. All the best and have fun!