This weekend sees the return of the Tour de Yorkshire, one of the most eagerly anticipated three-day racing events in the UK-cycling calendar.
The third edition of the race takes place between the 28-30th of April, this weekend, with some of the best and most qualified riders in the UK taking part.
HMT is proud to support two pro cycling clubs; Storey Racing and JLT Condor; of which both will be at this weekend’s ride.
The first day of the tour stretches from Bridlington Spa to Scarborough, day two sees men and women face the same stage, beginning in Tadcaster and circling around to Harrogate with the third and final day begins at Bradford and ends at Fox Valley in Sheffield.
HMT regularly supports community events such as this and we like to think that these local events encourage members of the general public, of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes and partake in some cycling, whether it be driven by fitness or fun.
Cycling is one of the most accessible activities; it is fairly low cost to begin with, depending if you need to buy a buy and thereafter having no cost. Cycling can furthermore be undertaken anywhere, at any time and can be enjoyed throughout the year without the need to buy additional equipment.
Cycling is an excellent social activity which can be enjoyed with friends, fellow cycling enthusiasts or even alone.
Recent research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that just 45 minutes of exercise a week boosts the brain power of people in their fifties and over.
Similarly, research by the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation has revealed that regular physical exercise can reduce people’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50 percent. It can also slow further deterioration in those who have already started to develop cognitive problems. Exercise protects against Alzheimer’s by stimulating the brain’s ability to maintain old connections as well as make new ones.
HMT St Hugh’s Hospital Director, Ashley Brown said; “We’re committed to encouraging healthy lifestyles in people of all ages in the local community, not just so they can enjoy a better quality of life now, but to help prevent illnesses in the future.
“The Tour de Yorkshire is right on our doorstep and we hope it will inspire more people to take up cycling. Healthy lifestyles are a key part of the ethos at HMT St Hugh’s and we’re keen to help our patients and the wider community engage in active lifestyles which is why we sponsor local cycling clubs to allow more people to get fit and stay active.”
To discover more about community events and the clubs HMT supports, please click here.