Bearing in mind that I am a almost complete newcomer to cycling (and exercise in general) I would appreciate some advice please. My aim is to increase my stamina - for cycle rides etc. Even a couple of miles is not easy for me at the moment as I have to concentrate so hard on balance, gears, traffic, dogs (overtaking me) etc. So I have joined an Over 50s class on Monday mornings. After an hour of reasonably paced exercise, some of us have been having a short break - five/ten minutes perhaps and then playing badminton for 40 mins or so each. It is a very fast game of badminton as we all fairly proficient at it. If I wanted to, I could then have another short break, and go into the gym for treadmill, rowing etc etc, then go and have a swim, in the over 50s allotted time, which means I hope proper swimming and not just splashing around. I would add that this is all for the princely sum of £4. Is this scenario likely to increase my stamina, or is it counter-productive in some way, currently I can manage the first two with ease, and would add the third and fourth activity in the coming weeks. I realise that I should do some other activities. This would be Tango Argentino on Fridays, a walk at the weekend (five miles perhaps). It seems a vicious circle at the moment, not fit enough to do a long run on a cycle, not fit enough to get fitter The cycling clubs round here seem to do comparatively long distances for a beginner like me, so I need to get stronger to attempt their distances. I have done very little exercise over the past four years, for various reasons. I would appreciate some advice from the excellently helpful forummers on here. Thank you.