The Catenians


A New Year, A New You

Publish Date: Wed 6th Feb 2019

A new year is a new opportunity to become fitter, healthier and happier

But, as Steve Seed from Preston South Circle explains, it need not be a chore.

“I am a keen cyclist. I have been commuting to work for about 15 years when the weather is OK as I don’t do fog or ice and avoid rain whenever possible. This is my favourite way of keeping fit as it saves fuel, keeps cars off the road and I find it enjoyable especially in summer when I take the long route home.”

Cycling is a popular pastime and enjoyed by young and old. The advantages to becoming a regular cyclist are numerous, and it’s also environmentally friendly.

Steve says: “Benefits are that it is a clean and efficient

way to travel; you see, hear and smell so much more when you are out in the countryside especially. It is non-impact so it doesn’t damage joints. There is a great camaraderie amongst cyclists. It’s also a great family activity as there are off-road trails and routes in most towns and cities that are safe for young and inexperienced riders.”

He adds: “I would encourage anyone to take up cycling but only do what you are comfortable with initially. Don’t spend too much money as over time you will build up your kit. Most of all I would stay safe by wearing a helmet and have lights as well. There is loads of information on sites such as Sustrans (a leading charity) and British Cycling, which give advice and will put you in touch with local groups and led rides.”

Getting on your bike needn’t be daunting. Here are some reasons why you should give it a go in 2019, courtesy of Cycling Weekly.

  • Cycling improves mental wellbeing
  • Cycling promotes weight loss
  • Cycling builds muscle
  • Better lung health
  • Cuts heart disease and cancer risk
  • Cycling is low impact
  • Cycling saves time
  • Cycling improves navigational skills
  • Sleep better
  • Boost your brain power
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Grow your social circle.

Broughton in Craven Circle’s membership officer and immediate past president Chris Beesley is another Catenian reaping the benefits of exercise this year. He’s also using it as a great way to raise money for charity.

In celebration of his 67th birthday and by way of fundraising for local charity, ReSETTLEment, Chris recently ran the 17-mile Three Peaks of Yorkshire.

ReSETTLEment is a group which aims to re-house a Syrian refugee family in the Settle area, where Chris lives. The brainchild of Chris’ friend, Paul Kelly, the group is part of a government scheme which runs in conjunction with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. It is also sponsored by Catholic Care Leeds, which has already successfully sponsored other similar groups.

The group has a business plan to cover essentials such as housing, education, English lessons and medical care, and although the family will have full refugee status entitling them to all the welfare benefits, the group must provide a minimum of £9,000 for contingencies.

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