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    I've bought a bike with the aim to cycle to and from university. I usually had to walk about 2 miles (30 minutes) each way a few times a week which was slightly tiring, so thought a bike would be faster and less tiresome.

    However I've been on my bike twice so far and have been exhausted after cycling probably less than 5 minutes; legs would feel weak and heart rate would still be high even thirty minutes after sitting down.

    If I get tired after five minutes, there's no way that I can see myself casually riding to university.

    It's the first time I've been on a bike in about 10 years and I am unfit and don't do much exercise. My BMI is about 27, but I just feel shocked that I got so tired so quickly.

    Apart from being overweight, is there anything else that can contribute to this tiredness?
    I had a blood pressure and sugar-urine test a few months ago and nothing abnormal was mentioned. Could there be any other concern?

    Any help is appreciated
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    Practice makes perfect the more often you cycle, the more familiar you'll be with the route thus you'll get there faster
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    Well, if you've not ridden a bike for 10 years, you can't expect to cycle for 2 miles.
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    If you find walking for 30 minutes twice a day tiring then your fitness is extremely bad. You need to stick with a clean, healthy diet, and eat 300-500 calories below your actual requirement. Stamina will come with cycling, so keep at it even if it hurts in your chest. Your body pain is a message from your brain to stop exerting yourself, because its not used to exercise. Half the challenge is overcoming those mind games.

    It would be very beneficial to you if you followed a moderate training regime...
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I've bought a bike with the aim to cycle to and from university. I usually had to walk about 2 miles (30 minutes) each way a few times a week which was slightly tiring, so thought a bike would be faster and less tiresome.

    However I've been on my bike twice so far and have been exhausted after cycling probably less than 5 minutes; legs would feel weak and heart rate would still be high even thirty minutes after sitting down.

    If I get tired after five minutes, there's no way that I can see myself casually riding to university.

    It's the first time I've been on a bike in about 10 years and I am unfit and don't do much exercise. My BMI is about 27, but I just feel shocked that I got so tired so quickly.

    Apart from being overweight, is there anything else that can contribute to this tiredness?
    I had a blood pressure and sugar-urine test a few months ago and nothing abnormal was mentioned. Could there be any other concern?

    Any help is appreciated
    So so many things could contribute, but if you're not noticing any issues outside of cycling I'd expect you just need to get used to it. Make sure you get some fuel in you before you set out and don't go too fast to start with. Take it slow and keep it up until you get more used to it.
    You've not ridden for ages so it's like suddenly deciding to sprint or weight lift. You're going to start our pretty bad at it cos your body is like "what on earth is this stuff?!".
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