Our expert says:
Cycling will certainly help for weight management, asthma, blood pressure. So yes, absolutely.
Having said that, it can be very difficult to get started, and given your situation with asthma, smoking and blood pressure and weight, there are a few risk factors there that make it difficult.
So the safest and advisable option is to have a medical first - have a doctor clear you for exercise and then you can begin. Next, it depends what access you have now - cycling is often tricky because of roads and traffic and so forth. And with winter approaching, days are shorter. So it can be difficult to begin. Are you a member at a gym? Would you be able to start there, and build up fitness so that you can work towards getting back onto the roads?
Having cycled before, you obviously have some experience, and that helps, but it may be that you need to devote the first 6 weeks or so to working towards fitness, and then take to the roads.
There are programmes on the website - http://www.health24.com/fitness/Programmes/16-1347.asp
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