Do you mind if we cut to the chase? The answer to this question is never. While you may not want to be buried with your bike, you’ll want to use it as your primary health and fitness buddy until you are no longer able to pedal. That’s why we have this awesome list of best bikes for seniors.
That stated, age will impact your body’s skeletal and muscle health, so you may have to adjust the way you ride, say Bikemunk.com editors addressing senior cycling.
Our contribution? Sharing four tips to help you ride off into the sunset for as many years as your good health allows. Live to the fullest. Keep doing what you love. Remember than spandex is optional as you cycle toward the age of 100!
1. Acknowledge the benefits you get from cycling as you age. Senior cyclists can look forward to healthier cardiovascular systems, less joint pain and regular riding can even slow down the aging process while pumping up your immune system.
2. Both genders benefit from cycling. While weight is harder to lose as we age due to slower metabolisms, both sexes can keep weight gain a bay by cycling regularly. Men can stabilize their testosterone levels and both sexes stay stronger and enjoy improved cholesterol levels. Even the brains of older cyclists are sharper than sedentary young men and women, say researchers contributing to the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research.
3. Your brain loves the ride! If a senior’s body can be proven to function at a higher level as a result of a regular cycling routine, does this mean the brain functions better, too? It’s a fact; Every time you hit the trail or paved road, you put off cognitive decline because increased levels of a neurotrophic kick into combat age-related brain damage.
4. It’s never too late to start riding outside in grassy, leafy environments or courtesy of the stationary bike you stash near a window. Cycling indoors or out can stimulate the brain and improve its function, thus there is no downside to cycling into old age, say editors of Harvard University’s Health Letter.
Keep riding into your 80s? Why not, asked a “Cycling Weekly” reporter of octogenarian Brian Shaw when she profiled him a few years ago? This guy put in 100 miles a week on his bike. If he doesn’t inspire you, perhaps you need more from life than just a good bike!