Physical activity is encouraged to stay healthy as it can help:-

  • lower your blood pressure
  • Improve your cholesterol levels
  • Control your weight and body shape
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes, or help to control diabetes
  • Make you feel better and boost your confidence, and
  • Relieve stress and anxiety.

Going to a rehabilitation programme can offer other benefits as well.

  • It can improve confidence and help a return to usual activities more quickly.
  • It gives the chance to ask questions or talk about worries patients may have, which can help relieve anxiety.
  • Patients can meet other people who have been through the same thing.
  • It can be good fun too! With this in mind, we at the North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aftercare Charity are working closely with the event organiser of Abergavenny Festival of Cycling,

Bill Owen MBE. Our aim is to increase awareness of our local heart charity, get more people fit, and increase the local community to get involved, supporting both the event and the charity. With summer leaping closer and the nights starting to brighten, now’s the time to think about getting out and about and setting a realistic goal for the summer.

Cycling, has the benefits of saving you money, gets you fit and helps the environment and is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it's also a form of transport. It's a low-impact type of exercise, so it's easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobics activities. But it still helps you get into shape. The NHS believes the best way to build your cardiovascular fitness on the bike is to ride for at least 150 minutes every week. For example, you could cycle to work a few days a week, or do a couple of shorter rides during the week with a longer ride at the weekend. You'll soon feel the benefits. While you are gaining the benefits of cycling, do also something really amazing and raise money for the event’s preferred charity, without financial aid it would be unable to deliver its support. Over £4k was raised in the 2016 Cycling Festival, help us beat that total this year.

As part of the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling on Saturday 24th June there are four fully supported participation cycling rides at a distance to challenge everyone. The Monmouthshire 20 mile, The Monmouthshire 40 mile, The Iron Mountain 70 mile sportif and the Iron Mountain 100 mile Sportif, all details and how to enter is on the website. .