On Your EBike with Fenetic Wellbeing

I have spoken before about my on-going struggles with fibromyalgia, a chronic health condition which means that for the majority of each day I suffering with pain on some level. Some days I get off lightly with just a few aches and pains, and other times I am bed bound and in complete agony, and the hardest part is never knowing from one day to the next what kind of day will follow. Alongside that, I suffer with auto immune disease, wise spread neuropathy, migraines and degenerative disc issues which, together, have a huge impact on my daily life.

One of the main things for me is focusing on trying not to let me illness take away any more of my life than it already has. As much as there are occasions when I physically cannot do the things I want to, and those days are so tough, there are many more where I will take my pain relief, put on a big smile, get outdoors and just suck it up. And those are the days that keep me going, the days that remind me there is still so much of life to enjoy and giving up simply isn’t an option.

When I heard about Fenetic Wellbeing’s #OnYourBike campaign, I knew that I wanted to get involved. Fenetic Wellbeing are a mobility company who exist to provide customers with the right healthcare and mobility products for their individual needs, and have recently launched an electric bike range.

E-bikes are perfect for those who love the outdoor lifestyle but also those who suffer with physical restrictions such as bad knees or arthritis, something which I can completely relate to. The PAS (Pedal Assist System) of an electric bike means you only need to apply a small amount of pressure to the pedals to get moving and then the electric motor will step in and do the hard work for you.

Over the Summer months there is nothing we like more than getting out on our bikes with the children, especially the days when my parents offer to have Eva, Megan and Harry so that Lewis and I can take off, just the two of us. It sounds like such a cliché, but when I’m free wheeling along, fast as I can go down hill, the sun on my face and the wind in my hair, I feel completely and utterly alive. And those are the moments when I remind myself that staying active is paramount to regaining control of my health.

The only downside for me, as sadly there will always be repercussions with my health, is that just one bike ride can leave me in agony for days, unable to walk without severe pain in my knees and hips, wondering what it must be like to wake up each day and not feel pain on some level. And so in that way, an E-bike would be amazing, just to be able to enjoy something as simple as a bike ride without paying for it in the days that follow. But still, those few hours of freedom, as I’m cycling through some of Lancashires’s most beautiful countryside with Lewis at my side, those moments are always going to be worth it.

Feel free to join in with this campaign by using the #OnYourBike hashtag across social media.

 

This post was written in collaboration with fenetic well-being.

 

 

 

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57 Comments

  1. April 28, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I can’t imagine the pain you are in lovely. These bikes sound like a great idea to allow you and Lewis to still do something that you love. It’s nice to have something that you can do together x

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Thank you Laura. Some days are way better than others, I think sometimes keeping active may feel like the worst thing, but it’s definitely the best thing for me too! xx

  2. April 29, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    These sound amazing. There is nothing quite like riding a bike, it always makes me feel so free and as you said alive.

    • Laura Dove
      April 30, 2017 / 11:08 am

      I know, especially on a sunny day! I’m not keen on doing anything outdoors when it’s cold and wet!! xx

  3. April 30, 2017 / 11:10 am

    Freedom to do regular family activities matters so much. My younger son has complex disabilities and he craves movement and speed. Our bodies need it so much and it really does help emotionally too. I think I need to look for a powered bike which can carry his wheelchair too! #KCACOLS

  4. April 30, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I cannot even imagine the pain your in lovely. These bikes looks really good, especially for you and your boy. #kcacols

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you. Ebikes are definitely the way forward for people who are in pain, or just those who want an easier ride! xx

  5. Ali Rost
    May 1, 2017 / 5:57 am

    I’m so sorry for your condition. Living with chronic pain is something that’s hard to imagine. What a wonderful program this is. For me there’s nothing like a bike ride on a sunny day to brighten my mood!

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you, it’s so tough but I try so hard to keep active! xx

  6. Elizabeth O.
    May 1, 2017 / 5:58 am

    It sounds like a lovely campaign! I love the idea behind it. It’s tough to have to deal with pain everyday and I’m glad that you found something that would help take your mind off of it. It’s also nice to do things with your spouse especially when it’s just you too. It keeps the love alive!

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you, yes it’s a lovely thing for us to do together! I’m hoping we can get out more now spring is here! xx

  7. May 1, 2017 / 7:19 am

    There is nothing worse than this kind of body pain and finding the right type of exercise is critically important. This bike sounds like a good way to get out and about for a little but yes, not overdoing it is the key.

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Definitely, if I can get out with the kids even once a week, I’d love that! xx

  8. Chelsea Elizabeth
    May 1, 2017 / 8:06 am

    It’s nice that you’re able to do something you can enjoy. I personally don’t cycle but have friends who do and they find it very helpful.

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      I think it will really help lots of people who struggle with chronic health issues! xx

  9. May 1, 2017 / 8:17 am

    Hubster and I have a stationary bike indoors since it rains here almost everyday. We never miss a ride! #EatSleepBlogRT

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Oh that’s a great idea!! I prefer to be out in the open, especially in the sunshine! It’s great exercise though! xx

  10. May 1, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Cant begin to imagine the pain you go through…it makes me grateful for like. I love your self courage and strength….its a lot to learn from….keep it up and may you have many pain free day ahead…xoxo

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you so much. xxx

  11. May 1, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    “staying active is paramount to regaining control of my health” – this is something I definitely agree with! Happy for you that you found a way to stay active that works for you, all the best to you!

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      It’s so true isn’t it? I think the moment you stop trying to keep active and give in to it, that’s the moment it starts to consume you. xx

  12. May 1, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    Wow! I had no idea these existed. The ebike sounds amazing. I can envision this helping a lot of people get off the sofa and enjoy the outdoors.

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Nor me!! It seems like such a great solution for those who cannot cycle due to chronic health issues. Being able to join my son on a bike read means the world to me! xx

  13. May 1, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    Sunday is when we used to bike regularly. Time to start this activity again:)

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Us too. With the warmer weather creeping in we will be getting out more! xx

  14. May 1, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I just can’t imagine the pain you have to deal with on a daily basis, and yet you are still cheery and you work so incredibly hard! This sounds like a great campaign and a worthy cause to get behind. x

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Yvonne. I’m not always cheery, I think I just hide it well, but this is a great campaign and Ebikes may well give so many people the opportunity to get outdoors who otherwise couldn’t. xx

  15. May 1, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    The concept of an E-bike sounds amazing! I would love to go on long solitary rides with my two wheeled companion 🙂 Fenetic Wellbeing is doing a great job with this concept.

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      Doesn’t it just? I would love to be able to jump on my bike every day without worrying that I will pay for it the next! xx

  16. May 1, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Oh hun I had no idea that you had Fibro among so much else. You are honestly such a strong person, to have been through so much and be in so much pain, yet always with a smile on your face? That takes real guts, well done hun x

  17. May 1, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    I admire your strength and your spirit! There is nothing better than bonding with a family in such healthy way like riding a bicycle. The campaign is lovely..

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Thank you Rose, I love getting out with the children. xx

  18. Nay
    May 1, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    It must be awful to be in such pain. I feel for you. These bikes sound like a great idea to help you get out and about and have some quality time.

    • Laura Dove
      May 1, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you. I’m saving hard for one! xx

  19. May 2, 2017 / 1:26 am

    I gave my old bike to my teen and she rides it through the neighborhood. I would like a new bike but we live in such a hilly area that biking is hard!

    • Laura Dove
      May 2, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Electric bikes make hills way easier!! xx

  20. Dana Vento
    May 2, 2017 / 6:27 am

    Electric bikes are praised for their ability to climb hills effortlessly, cover long distances, and generally breathe new life into the sport of cycling.

    • Laura Dove
      May 2, 2017 / 9:53 am

      Absolutely! Definitely make cycling easier!! xx

  21. May 2, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    I know a few people with fibromiyalgia. It’s really difficult on them to do many of the things that they once loved. I am glad you were able to participate in something. But really sad to hear that its hard to do a bike ride unless you want to be knocked down for days. 🙁

    • Laura Dove
      May 4, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      It’s a really tough condition, that very few understand due to it affecting everyone so differently, but I always try to keep pushing through it, if I gave in I’m not sure I would ever get back up! xx

  22. May 2, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    I love discovering things that I can enjoy with my husband. We usually love traveling together but finding hobbies that we can share is just so sweet. I think it’s amazing that you were able to be part of this movement.

    • Laura Dove
      May 4, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Thanks Carol, it’s always lovely to share that time together. xx

  23. May 2, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    #eatsleepblogRT My Mr is an EFT practitioner. He recently worked with a client who suffered from the same problem you have. I hope you also find a way to live pain free. If not then, at least have fun of your bike 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      May 4, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Oh really, did he find a way to help them? I feel I have given up on the NHS! xx

  24. May 2, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    I can’t begin to imagine the pain and the frustrations of not being able to do what you want physically. I hope this bike makes those sunny rides (and the days following) more enjoyable Laura. Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS and hope you join us again next time!

    • Laura Dove
      May 4, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you Kate, I hope so too! xx

  25. May 3, 2017 / 1:23 am

    First off, you are a boss for being able to push through the pain and live your life. I love how we are technologically advanced enough that bikes like these are possible. Everyone should be able to enjoy the little things in life.

    • Laura Dove
      May 4, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Thank you. xxx

  26. May 4, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I admire your strength to not let your health issues get in the way of living life. It must be incredibly frustrating at times not being able to do things many people take for granted but so happy that something like an ebike exists so you can enjoy precious moments with your little family #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      May 5, 2017 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you Dani. I really want an Ebike, just saving up is the issue!! xx

  27. May 5, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    I’m so sorry you suffer from such a painful condition. The bike sounds amazing and it’s lovely that there are things like this that can improve your quality of life and allow you to do things that you enjoy. We do need to get out on bikes more as a family but my kids are still little and I’m so paranoid about them falling off! Thanks for linking to #EatSleepBlogRT. Hope you can join again next week.

    • Laura Dove
      May 5, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Ahh I get paranoid about the kids falling off too! We have recently bought a bike seat for Harry, it goes between the saddle and the handle bars so he’s in view and safe with my husband. I can’t wait to get out in the summer months together, even if I have to take painkillers just to make it up the stairs afterwards!! xx

  28. May 10, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    This is such a great idea.
    #KCACOLS

  29. May 10, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    This is really interesting, my partners mum also has fibromyalgia and I never really knew much about it. It’s such a shame you have to live in such pain 🙁 #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      May 11, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      It’s actually pretty common when you start talking to other people, it’s a terrible condition though! xx

  30. July 4, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    This sounds like such a great idea for people who struggle to cycle, making it so much easier for people to enjoy doing things they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Lovely campaign.

    • Laura Dove
      July 5, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      I agree, it would make my life a lot easier too! xx

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