Give social rides a go
Whether you head out with a mate, or join a cycling group, a biking buddy can add loads of value to your rides.
The camaraderie of cycling with mates and the shared mud, sweat and gears make it pretty special. Cycling clubs or pedalling with a friend can also offer a space to chat about what’s on your mind, something Juliet loves to do:
“Social rides are so valuable. You don’t have to be sociable if you’re feeling like you’re not very chatty, you can just go along and be amongst other people and that can feel quite nice. If you’re not feeling very outgoing, it doesn’t matter because no one’s gonna notice anyway, you’re all riding bikes.
“If I’m feeling a bit down, then I’ll arrange to meet a friend for a ride. It helps me get out and do it, rather than flake out and call it off. We’ll go for a cycle and a coffee and it always gives my mood a boost.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, aiming high, or just along for the ride, cycling can do so much for our minds. If you’ve been inspired to cycle for your own mental wellbeing, why not make it a challenge and raise some cash for CALM at the same time?
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