The benefits of cycling for older people

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We’re big advocates of people remaining as active as possible as they get older and in the past we have blogged about the benefits of walking, dancing, pilates, yoga and exercise in general for people who are getting older.

If you or a loved-one have good mobility and want to change up your exercise routine a bit, then why not give cycling a go?

Cycling is a low impact exercise and the circular movements made when pedalling ensures energy and nutrients are transported evenly around the body, finding their way to cartilage, which can help prevent arthrosis.

While cycling your muscles are engaged without stress being put on the knees or ankles. Great if you’re recovering from an injury.

Cycling can help burn calories and boost your metabolism. It is a great cardio exercise that can help gradually build muscle, especially on thighs and hips and can help improve heart health, ensuring a lower resting pulse.

It is also great for your mental health as bike riding impacts levels of serotonin, dopamine and phenylethylamine, which are all the hormones responsible for making you feel happier.

Taking a gentle bike ride means you’ll be getting lots of fresh air and seeing some different surroundings. It’s also a great a social activity to do with friends or family.

Before taking up cycling we would recommend checking with a doctor that you are physically fit and mobile enough to do so, take it steady and keep to flat terrain. You could even invest in an electric bike, which will give you a little boost should you reach any uphill areas.