The vast majority of us can only dream about winning an Olympic gold medal, and will have to contend with running to the top of the staircase and jumping for joy when nobody is looking, but there is no doubting that London 2012 is inspiring people across the planet to be more active.
While their exploits will eventually become the stuff of legend, it is not actually that difficult to get on your bike and emulate the sporting heroes by heading out and about on the roads.
As the ‘staycation’ rises in popularity, people are heading all over the UK to find new areas, and finding in the process that many of these are perfectly suited to physical pursuits such as cycling.
From Yorkshire winding roads to the mountains of Scotland and the lush Home Counties, cycling along the nation’s roads is a spellbinding experience.
People planning on doing exactly that this summer need to ensure they are covered beforehand, however, and this is where travel insurance comes in.
With http://www.travelinsurancemedical.co.uk/, people can choose the policy that is right for them and will cover the activities they may be taking part in. The important thing to remember if people are planning on cycling during their trip is to inform the insurance provider of their intentions.
There are two types of cover levels available – basic and comprehensive – with the policies available depending on the level of benefits people require such as cancellation and curtailment, baggage, loss of passport and money.
People planning on being active can upgrade their policy to include the activities they will be taking part in, so it is perfect for those who are keen to make the most of their surroundings and enjoy the open air.
Of course, the Olympics are not all about cycling, with plenty of sports likely to inspire people.
Events such as equestrian sports may be difficult when taken to Olympic level, but a gentle stroll on horseback can be a great way of enjoying the summer sun and seeing what the UK has to offer.
Likewise, the tennis stars in action at Wimbledon will no doubt have inspired people to test out their forehand and see if they can still hack it on the court – Andy Murray and Roger Federer will not have competition but a knockabout on a court is a great way to spend a few hours.
One of the most grueling events at the Olympics is the 50km walk, which tests the endurance of even the very best athletes, and although this is not feasible for the vast majority of people, it can easily be adapted.
By downgrading to couple of miles, a country walk is a quintessentially English activity and an excellent way to spend a staycation.
By taking out a single trip travel insurance policy before setting off, people can benefit from 24-hour emergency helpline, friendly UK staffed call centre and an efficient claims department and enjoy peace of mind while pursing their not-quite Olympic dreams.