The anti-ageing power of pedaling – Fit Planet (via Les Mills)

Research shows the physical and mental benefits of cycling, highlighting how regularly riding a bike, or spinning in a cycle studio, can slow ageing.

Is it possible to reverse – or at least arrest – the effects of ageing? Since humans discovered the first wrinkle they’ve searched for an answer, yet despite a plethora of anti-ageing pills and potions, the fountain of youth has remained elusive.

Could it be we’ve been looking in the wrong places? Rather than sitting on the shelves of your local pharmacy or featured in “as seen on TV” commercials, might the solution actually be stored in your garage?

The answer is yes. In fact, you may have used it today on your way to work. Cycling, it has been shown, could be the answer to prolonging your golden years.

The older we get, the frailer our bodies become as our muscles tire from the wear and tear of everyday life. Cycling can slow this process considerably.

A recent study tested 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 against a group of adults who didn’t exercise on a regular basis. The findings showed that the cyclists maintained consistent levels of muscle mass and strength, and stable amounts of body fat and cholesterol, as they aged.

The results also indicated that, in addition to lessening the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, the cyclists’ thymuses (the organ that produces disease-combating T-cells, but which diminishes after our teen years) were found to be still functioning as well as those of people much younger.

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Of course, any form of exercise is good for the ageing body, so why cycling in particular?

The answer seems to be that cyclists push their cardiovascular systems harder and therefore prevent the physical deterioration caused by inactivity – which is on the increase due to the sedentary, office-based work lives so many of us now lead.

Source: Les Mills

 

If the thought of going out on a busy road doesn’t appeal to you then why not consider a stationary home exercise bike. With indoor cycling, you don’t have to be concerned about traffic, road conditions, or the weather. You can work out safely at a comfortable temperature any time of the year.

 

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