Mandy cycles her way back to fitness!
14 January 2015
Looking to get ‘back in the saddle’ after over 25 years away from cycling, Mandy Baum was a recent recipient of Hounslow Travel Active’s fantastic personalised cycling starter package. The scheme is tailored to each individual’s cycling needs, and aims to improve confidence on the road combined with the motivation needed to continue cycling as a mode of transport as well as a way of keeping fit and healthy.
Mandy works at Maswell Park Health Centre, living within easy cycling distance to her work and could therefore consider using a bike as a quick and handy way of commuting. Mandy didn’t have a bike prior to participating in the scheme, so took advantage of the opportunity to loan a bike before deciding to purchase it at the end of the programme; the thought of being without a bike was too much after 6 weeks of enjoyable cycling!
Mandy told us that ‘I was amazed to discover the number of cycle paths so close to my home that I just did not know existed before the programme! Being able to find off road routes as well as building my confidence on the road means that I have so many more options on my bike than I had imagined. I really enjoyed my 6 hours of one to one cycle training and was particularly impressed that the bike came fully equipped with all the accessories (helmet, pannier, padlock, lights and bell) to enable me just to hop on. Whilst it is not always practical for me to cycle every day with a busy work and family life, the programme really opened my eyes to how easy cycling can be and improved my fitness levels in a very short space of time!’
It’s really easy to sign up to the cycling starter package for FREE and make a difference to your health and wellbeing, just like Mandy. You can find out more information through your GP or register your interest here