Keep Your Spirit Up!

So, it seems like Christmas is coming soon – ok, it isn’t really, we still have a good few busy weeks before we can all start panicking about getting last-minute gifts for the family and all that – but there’s a few facts that can’t be denied, like that this Thursday is December 1st or that Oxford Street is already decked out in shiny pretty Christmas lights, or that the temperatures have dropped yet another few degrees.

The thought of maybe wasting a little less of our precious warmth and jumping on that bus or tube has probably crossed a few minds. It’s definitely hard to convince oneself to stay active when one wakes up to see that greyish sort of darkness outside the window. I think that out of all the ways of staying motivated, the most effective is knowing what the alternative is (i.e. the hot overcrowded tube or an equally overcrowded bus, stuck in the morning traffic).

Another option is going ridiculous with the whole Christmas theme. Cyclists can get a set of lights that will make their bikes glow like moving Christmas trees, while walkers can don this cozy looking, snowflake patterned snood. With accessories like that, you’ll find yourself waiting impatiently for the next chance to show them off to the world!

And as you’re trying to keep yourself warm by drinking one of those gingerbread lattes, why not leaf through this fantastic book on the history of cycling, also available at the UCL Science Library. It might just make you want to jump on that bike again.

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