Sports that you want to be good at are the popular ones like football and rugby. Let’s face it, you don’t want to find out you’re good at figure-skating. Even as a dad you can’t help but want to be the best at the best sports. So, cycling might not be at the top of your list. You have to wear tight clothes, there’s a lot of chafing, it’s hard work: there’s plenty of reasons to be sceptical. However, as it turns, out cycling is one of the best options especially for dads. Why are dads the best candidates? Well you can find out by reading the list below. You didn’t think you were just going to get it spoon-fed did you?
It Seems Easier Than It Is
The great misconception about cycling is that it seems easy. The obvious truth is that it isn’t easy at all, in fact it’s one of the hardest sports on the planet. Still, people look at a bike and think ‘yes, I could do that, no fuss.’ Even though you know the truth, you still won’t be able to resist the temptation to get on the bike. And that is the wonderful thing about cycling: it makes you want to do it. Most dads need a lot of encouragement (understatement) to exercise more because they just can’t be bothered. Cycling is different. Until you have your first ride, you will look forward to the opportunity. And after your first ride, it only gets easier as you get fitter. So, don’t resist the temptation – embrace it!
Plenty Of Role Models
Dads don’t exercise as much when they get older for a variety of reasons. You can reel some off your head without even thinking, but one you might miss is the lack of role models. Dads are like everyone else in the sense that they need confidence before they try something new. Exercise is different. In fact, exercise is the prime example. If you’re a little out of shape, you don’t want to embarrass yourself on a bike. But, thanks to people like Bradley Wiggins, that isn’t much of an issue. People look at role models like these as see a bit of their own personality. As you start to relate, you start to think you can give it a go, too. Okay, you’re not going to win the Tour De France, but beating your own PB is a great accomplishment.
Suitable For All Ages
Stigma is a hard thing to get over when you are a dad. Because you are a bit older, you can’t help but think ‘is this for me?’ The truth, of course, is that you can do anything you want regardless of your age yet you can’t help but feel self-conscious. Cycling helps because it takes away the stigma. You don’t have to be Chris Froome to get on a bike because there is a bike for all of your needs. All you have to do is choose wisely and go at your own pace. Not only does this negate the stigma but it also helps your fitness. The more confident you get, the more likely you are to continue. By the end, you will be riding the professional bikes and won’t care what anyone thinks.
The sentence ‘isn’t that dangerous?’ is synonymous with cycling. For some reason, there is a myth that cycling is one of the most dangerous pastimes. The truth is that it is very safe. Sure, there are a lot more bicycle claims and insurance claims than in the past. The main reason for this, however, is more bike insurance is more prominent than before. You are more likely to injure yourself driving than you are cycling, yet you wouldn’t think twice about getting behind the wheel. Yes, there are dangerous aspects to cycling. But, there are dangerous aspects to almost every sport. You can get hurt playing a game of cricket, remember. As long as you know the dangers and wear the right equipment, you should be pretty safe.
One thing that all dads like to hear is the price. More specifically, they like to hear that the price is low. Well, cycling is cheap. Okay, you might have to fork out a little in the beginning, but they are one off payments. You aren’t going to buy a new bike every few months, so that is a good investment. And your equipment will last a long time if you properly maintain it. Sports generally charge on a weekly basis and cost a fortune in the long-term. Cycling costs a bit more in the short-term but makes up for it later.
Dads, rejoice. You’ve finally found the perfect way to stay healthy and save money. What a result!