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Couch potato? No thanks!

There are many reasons why I still enjoy doing sport, even though I’m no longer the youngest … at least that’s what my ID card says 😉 Cycling in particular, in combination with the gym, is simply good for me! In my experience, regular exercise is the key to healthy wellbeing and cycling is a great way to stay active.

Here are my five compelling reasons why cycling is always a brilliant idea, even as you get older:

1. joint-friendly exercise: Unlike many other sports, cycling puts very little strain on the joints. While running or jogging puts a lot of impact on the knees and hips, cycling offers a gentle workout for these areas. This is invaluable, especially in old age when the joints are more susceptible to signs of wear and tear. You can strengthen your endurance and muscles without putting undue strain on your joints.

2. cardiovascular health: Cycling is an excellent way to strengthen the cardiovascular system. Regular exercise improves blood circulation, can lower blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. A healthy heart is the basis for a long and active life, and cycling can help you achieve this goal. And compared to running, cycling allows you to control your heart rate much better by simply going slower.

3. stress reduction and mental well-being: Fresh air, exercise and the nature you experience while cycling are not only good for your body, but also for your mind. For me, cycling helps to reduce stress, lift my mood and improve my overall wellbeing. It’s a fantastic way to clear your head, re-energise and simply relax.

4. social interaction: Cycling can also be a social activity. Whether you ride a brevet with friends, family or in a group; the shared experience creates bonds and strengthens social connections. During my regular tours and brevets, I have already met many other cyclists with whom I have been chatting on social media from time to time and then seeing them again at other events.

5. independence and mobility: You are mobile and independent on a bike. You can get to places that are inaccessible by car without having to rely on public transport. Especially in old age, when mobility is often a challenge, cycling can be a fantastic solution for remaining flexible and independent.

Overall, cycling in old age offers a multitude of benefits for body and mind. It’s a gentle but effective form of exercise that almost anyone can do. So, what are you waiting for?

Fit Legs