FONKU

Do you worry about not keeping up? You may be suffering from FONKU

I have to admit that I’m not a great fan of silly acronyms but I was rather proud of myself when I came up with FONKU – Fear Of Not Keeping Up. For me, it really sums up my own fears and lack of self-confidence and from talking to other female road cyclists it really is an issue. When I first wrote about this in February 2018 I got some great comments from other riders like “Great acronym – I knew straight away what you were talking about! I think another “fear of” that stops me riding with bunches at

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What is the best women’s bike saddle?

Commonly asked question – What is the best women’s bike saddle?

In my role as a female cycling advocate I’m often asked – What is the best women’s bike saddle? And unsurprisingly, there isn’t one answer. It depends on what sort of riding you do, on your own shape and size but thankfully help is at hand with a number of brands who’ve done plenty of product research and development in this crucial area.  The saddle (or seat) is the key contact area of your bike. It takes most of your weight often for many hours and therefore it is crucially important to have a comfortable seat. If you buy a women’s

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Women’s Sport Summit

If you can see it, you can be it, and other great lessons from the Women’s Sport Summit

I was lucky enough to attend a Women’s Sport Summit last week, hearing a whole host of great speakers and meeting lots of people who work in women’s sport. The Summit covered so many sports and so many interesting issues but rather than try and outline the whole event I’ve picked up a few themes that really resonated with me as a keen supporter of women’s sport and physical activity. The focus of the Women in Sport Summit 2019 run very professionally by Konnect Learning was obviously on sport rather than physical activity per se, but there were still plenty

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should you ride your bike when you’re sick

Should you ride your bike when you’re sick?

This is a question that I’ve often pondered over the decade I’ve been riding a road bike – should you ride your bike when you’re sick? I think I’m fairly good at listening to my body and usually rest when I’m sick which includes abstaining from bike riding, but I’ve always wondered. Fortunately, thanks to my regular exercise (and a bit of luck and hand-washing) I can’t even recall the last time I was sick enough to refrain from riding. I read a great article published by the ABC a couple of weeks ago which helped satisfy my curiosity on

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why you should take up road cycling

Here’s 12 reasons why you should take up road cycling

I’m sure I could come up with a dozen more, but here’s my top 12 reasons why you should take up road cycling. I honestly believe that every woman could benefit from riding a bike, whether it be road, trail, transport, commuting or any other reason. You really have no excuse….. Fitness If you do enough kilometres (or miles) on your bike, no matter how fast or slow, you will improve your fitness. As a result of cycling I’m the fittest I’ve ever been in my life. Friendship I have met literally hundreds of great people through cycling and many

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cycling for mental wellbeing

Doctors should be prescribing cycling for mental wellbeing

One of the many reasons I ride a bike is for my mind health because cycling for mental wellbeing is so great. So why don’t more doctors send their patients away with a bike hire voucher instead of a prescription? That’s exactly what’s happening in Wales right now. The pilot program, the first such initiative in Britain, according to the health board that is leading it, reflects an effort by medical professionals around the world to give patients alternatives to drugs, in order to avoid side effects and improve cost efficiency. Patients at two medical centres in Cardiff are offered

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Women's Health Week

It’s all about you – Focus on yourself for Women’s Health Week

This week is Women’s Health Week as decreed by the wonderful Jean Hailes group. It’s an entire week dedicated to all women across Australia to make good health a priority. As Jean Hailes describes it, Women’s Health Week is the time to put ourselves first, for just one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime. Running from 3 to 7 September, more than 100,000 people across the country have registered to attend a Women’s Health Week event or subscribed to receive free daily videos, podcasts, stories, recipes and much more. Landmarks across Australia will be turning pink during the

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