If you are training for a triathlon or long distance bike race, part of your training will be to improve your cycling. Whilst the most obvious way to do this is physically riding your bike, this is not the only way. If it is winter, you're stuck indoors, your bike is out for repair or you simply just want to mix it up, making your training routine flexible is sometimes a necessity. So how can you bike train without a bike?
Starting off easy, walking is an alternative way to improve your fitness. This is also one of the easiest training activities to fit into your daily schedule. Whether you change up your morning commute on the bus for a brisk walk, venture into the countryside on your weekend or take a 20 minute walk on your lunch hour, this will improve your activity levels and keep you moving throughout the day.
Just as cycling can become addictive, so can running. Switching up your cycling routine with running can not only improve overall fitness, but it increases your stamina and muscle tone. This is also a very accessible form of cardio, anyone can get stuck in. All you need are some appropriate running shoes and your favourite motivational playlist. Keep in mind though that this is a relatively high impact activity for your joints, so if you aren’t already a runner… ease into it.
Life can get hectic sometimes, which makes leaving the house at the end of the day sometimes not an option. If you are looking to squeeze in an at-home workout without having to go to the gym or mount a bike, these workouts could be your answer.
Swimming is a fun alternative to cycling that will also enhance your performance on the bike. Swimming is not only a full body workout, but one that is low impact on your joints. This makes it a great way to return to training after an injury.
Spin classes are a fun way of mixing up your usual cycling routine. If the weather is stopping you from hitting the bike trails or you are trying to squeeze in a quick workout, this is an easy option. These classes are usually fun, with high energy music blaring, other riders pushing their limits and a determined teacher that will hype you up to cycle even harder. You will also have to book into a class which will hold you to it!