Learn how you can wheel your way to health with these cycling apps.
Integrating cycling into your fitness plans has many advantages.
Cycling is a good way to stay fit and healthy. Besides improving your cardiovascular health, it strengthens the musculoskeletal system and is an excellent way to maintain a healthy weight.
There are plenty of social and environmental benefits to cycling. People who cycle regularly are more likely to meet like-minded fellow cyclists and enhance a sense of community. Biking is also pollution-free as it requires physical movement for mobility instead of engines that rely on fossil fuels.
When more people cycle instead of taking motorized vehicles, it will result in less traffic jams, less spending on gas for such vehicles, and higher road safety awareness as well.
Cycling apps come equipped with wonderful features.
In short, riding a bike is cheap, easy, healthy and great for the environment. If you are looking for a way to keep fit and save extra money, hopping on a bicycle is the way to go. And technology is making it easier to do so. For example, there are already bike-sharing services in Malaysia, and apps to track cycling miles.
Here are some cycling-related apps that you can try.
This dockless bicycle-sharing platform offers an accessible, convenient and eco-friendly alternative mode of transport that is available 24/7. Its latest smart Bluetooth technology improves the location accuracy of its bicycles, enabling users to easily identify the nearest oBike.
oBike services are now readily available in Malaysia.
Scan the QR code via the oBike app and cycle your way to better fitness! You can click on the oBike icon nearest to you to reserve the bike for use. To return the bike, simply park it at any designated public bike-parking areas. It’s as easy as that!
Choose a cycling app that allows you to navigate your way and plot your route with ease.
CycleMap: Bike Router Planner
If you want to incorporate cycling as part of your daily routine, such as commuting to work or running errands, this app will come in handy. It shows you the best route that you can take with your bicycle quickly and easily. You can even get detailed information about your route such as surface evenness, distance, elevation, and much more. You can discover new routes and save for offline use, and even locate bike-share stations and receive updates on real-time availability of the bikes. Need a pit stop? No problem. It can point to the nearest restrooms, bike shops, and more.
First Aid for Cyclists
This app — designed by St John Ambulance — is targeted specifically at cyclists and is based on the most common injuries experienced by them. It is advisable for all cyclists to know first aid, which can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency. Though the advice in this app is based on UK protocols, the First Aid Manual and advice from medical experts can be applicable in local settings where the rider is based.
Is long-distance cycling your thing? Strava is packed with all sorts of stats.
Strava Running and Cycling GPS
If you’re into long-distance cycling, this app is for you. Besides tracking your running distance (if you’re into running as well), it does the same for cycling. This app gives key stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation gained and calories burned, during and after activity. It will also record your participation in monthly challenges designed to push you further and increase your stamina. For those who are social media savvy, you can share your activity details on platforms such as Facebook.
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