If you are one of the lucky international cyclists taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour next March, you have just 117 days to go (yes, we’re counting) until you cycle the world’s most beautiful cycle race – but with winter to get through between now and then, how are you going to stay fit?
With dark mornings and early nights, those before/after work bike rides do not seem quite so appealing during the cold winter months, and while the gym is always an option, I have yet to find an exercise bike that is anything like a real bike – who designs those 30cm wide saddles anyway?
But after reading a rather interesting article on South African cycling website bicycling.co.za, it seems we can “stimulate a good ride, even if there’s not bike in sight” – we just need to be a little more creative.
Apparently, climbing stairs uses the same muscles as cycling uphill, and with Suikerbossie and Chapman’s Peak to contend with during the Cape Town Cycle Tour, we need to be ready for plenty of uphill action! So unless you live in a bungalow, you can use your stairwell at home to train at any time of the day or night.
Climbing up and down the stairs might seem a little boring, but with a little bit of creativity, you can create all kinds of different exercises including jumps, two-steps at a time, and lunges. Add in a few push-ups, sit-ups and the odd plank, and you’ll be in perfect shape to tackle the cycle tour on 8th March!
Of course, Spinning classes are an alternative, but sadly, there are no Spinning classes at our local gym, so we have invested in a home Spinning Bike instead… now we just need to start using it, perhaps I should move it to the top of the stairs!