Articles by Dr Auriel Forrester...

Principles of conditioning for cycling

Principles of conditioning for cycling

by Dr Auriel Forrester

What do we mean by the principles of conditioning? Eight principles underpin all forms of sports training. Dr Auriel Forrester explains how to get the maximum benefit from your riding and avoid a potential downward spiral of performance.

Health for women cyclists - pregnancy

Health for women cyclists - pregnancy

by Dr Auriel Forrester

There are two areas of concern with pregnancy and cycling, the well-being of the mother and the well-being of the foetus. Regular exercise and increased physical fitness will help a mother cope with pregnancy, childbirth and subsequent child care but what about the baby?

Health for women cyclists - menopause

Health for women cyclists - menopause

by Dr Auriel Forrester

For women over 40 (or those heading that way) there are some fundamental questions about the menopause. Dr Auriel Forrester provides some answers.

Health for women cyclists - menstruation

Health for women cyclists - menstruation

by Dr Auriel Forrester

One of the biggest concerns facing women in sport is the effect of the menstrual cycle and oral contraceptives (the pill) on performance. The full article explains the issues of menstruation for female cyclists.

Personal safety for women cyclists

Personal safety for women cyclists

by Dr Auriel Forrester

Cycling is as safe, if not safer, than many other activities - after all you have the advantage of being able to pedal faster than most people can run and also to get off the road quicker than anyone in a car. However, there are always things we can do to reduce risk.

Women in cycling

Women in cycling

by Dr Auriel Forrester

The beauty of cycling is that it can be enjoyed by all and it is beneficial to the health and vitality of everyone. Of course, it helps to have the right equipment, the right advice (read on!), and good company makes it even more enjoyable but don't let your gender put you off the sport.

Assess your fitness before starting out in cycling

Assess your fitness before starting out in cycling

by Dr Auriel Forrester

You've got the new bike or upgraded your old one and you are ready to start your new cycling regime. Obviously one of your key aims will be to get fitter but how will you gauge your improvements? Assess your own speed, stamina and general physical fitness with these straightforward ideas.

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