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Cycling in old age – but please do it wisely!

Dear cycling enthusiasts!

Your speed may change as you get older, but that doesn’t mean that your enjoyment of cycling has to diminish. On the contrary, cycling can be a great way to stay fit, enjoy the outdoors and socialise even in old age. Here are 10 important tips to help you cycle safely and enjoyably as you get older:

1. consult your doctor: before you start cycling or increase your activity, consult your doctor to make sure you are physically able and there are no health risks.

2. choose the right bike: A bike that suits your needs and comfort is crucial. Some older cyclists may prefer a bike with a more upright riding position to avoid back or neck pain. If you have long-term pain and therefore no longer enjoy cycling … why not try a recumbent bike! When I switched to a velomobile, I was annoyed that I hadn’t discovered this type of cycling sooner!

3. adjust your pace: It’s important to adjust your pace according to your fitness level. It’s perfectly fine to slow down and take breaks when necessary. The focus should be on fun and safety, not speed. Use a heart rate monitor, because your own “body feeling” is often deceptive!

4. wear the right equipment: a well-fitting cycle helmet is a must, as is comfortable and breathable clothing. Bright colours and reflective elements increase your visibility in traffic.

5. obey the traffic rules: Even at an older age, traffic rules apply. Ride on the right side of the road, stop at stop signs and pay attention to other road users.

6. practise your balance and coordination: balance and coordination exercises can help to prevent falls and increase your confidence on the bike. Yoga or Tai Chi are good ways to improve your skills. E-bikes in particular overwhelm many inexperienced cyclists at the beginning!

7. listen to your body: Pay attention to your body’s signals. If you feel pain or discomfort, take a break and don’t overexert yourself.

8. take regular breaks: Even if you feel fit, regular breaks are important to avoid fatigue and allow your body to recover.

9. hydrate and nourish yourself appropriately: Drink enough water, especially on warm days, and make sure you eat a balanced diet that will give you the energy you need for your rides.

10. enjoy the ride: Ultimately, cycling in old age is about enjoying the ride and experiencing the joy of exercise. Take the opportunity to explore the outdoors, discover new places and create precious memories.

Whether you’re 50, 60, 70 or older, cycling offers numerous benefits for your body and mind. With these tips, you can ensure that you’re safe and enjoyable on two wheels, even in old age. So grab your bike and enjoy the ride!

See you on the road soon!

Fit Legs