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Cycle to Work Day

Posted on the 4th September 2014

Cycle to Work Day is a national initiative championed by multi gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist Dame Sarah Storey. Last year’s event saw tens of thousands of cyclists taking part, resulting in some pretty impressive statistics. Over a quarter of a million miles were pledged, nearly 7,000kg of CO2 were offset and over 12 million calories were burnt - a spectacular result! This year, members of staff from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, providers of health and wellbeing services across the county, took up the challenge and got on their bikes to cycle to work to help their own health and fitness as well as reducing their carbon footprint..

Dr Warren Larkin, Clinical Director for Children and Families Services and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: 

“My role requires a lot of driving around Lancashire and a lot of time sat in the car or in meetings. In an effort to boost my fitness I got a bike about 4 months ago and get out on it about 3 to 4 times a week. As part of this effort I try to cycle to work whenever I am based at headquarters which is near my home and equates to roughly a 20 mile round trip on the bike.

“Cycle to Work Day is a great initiative to encourage people to get on their bikes and reap the health and wellbeing benefits cycling provides.  I have suffered with a bad back for a while and my physiotherapist advised me to take up cycling to improve my core strength. Since I started 4 months ago I have found that my back pain has improved considerably and my fitness progressed quickly. Cycling is also really relaxing and a great way to relieve stress and unwind.”

Part of improving overall health also means ensuring cyclists have a nutritious breakfast and not starting the day on an empty stomach, as British Cycling’s Coaching and Education Manager, Vinny Webb, explains:

“A post-ride bite to eat, such as a bowl of porridge, is an important way to start the day and helps your body to refuel. That re-energised feeling you’ll get from cycling to work will help you to feel set for a day at work, not least because you’ll then be looking forward to a ride home that evening. People who ride to work make better employees, because they statistically take fewer days off sick per year – even more reason to encourage cycling.” 

For more information on how to get involved with Cycle to Work Day, please visit www.cycletoworkday.org