Cycling over 60. Yes? Or, No?
So, you’ve turned the big 6-0. It must be time to give up the bicycle and head to the coffee shop to meet up with your friends. And, if you weren’t an avid cyclist, then you can’t consider starting cycling now.
Yes, Cycling over 60
Get these two thoughts out of your head. Yes, you are getting older like we all do. However, that doesn’t mean you are destined to sitting on the sofa with a lap blanket while watching game shows. Exercise for people over 60 has amazing health benefits. Specifically, cycling exercise has shown that people over 60, who cycle, could have up to a 50% less chance of suffering a heart attack. 50% is a huge number.
Why Cycling over 60 is Good for You
Again, with cycling, it has been estimated that you would have a 50% less risk of suffering from a heart attack. In addition, cycling takes less of a toll on your joints. Exercises such as power walking, jogging, and running cause constant jarring of your joints as you hit the ground. Cycling can also help you to lose weight if you have gained weight. Not to mention, cycling can help with depression and give you a sense of purpose.
Check with Your Doctor
If you were a cyclist in the past or are considering picking up the exercise, then do it. However, if it has been awhile since you’ve been on a bicycle or participated in an intense exercise, you should talk with your doctor. It is important to make sure that you are healthy enough. Even if your doctor warns you against road cycling at the beginning, you can start with a stationary bicycle. As you build up strength and endurance on a stationary bicycle, you may be able to move up to cycling outside.
Leisure versus Training
As an older cyclist, you may choose to cycle for leisure. There is nothing wrong with a leisurely ride. However, you don’t have to stop there. You can choose to do cycling training. Your heart is like any other muscle in your body. It will increase in strength as you condition your body. If you decide to participate in cycling training, determine the specific goals that you have in mind. It may be beneficial to join a cycling group that is for older cyclists so that you have things in common with the other riders and can work on training goals together.
Rest between events is important for any age. However, how fast your body could recover after cycling training when you were 30 is different than at 60. You must keep properly hydrated, take in adequate protein to rebuild your muscles after an intense ride, and get a good night’s sleep to allow your body to heal. Without taking proper care of your body while cycling, you will put yourself at risk of injury.
If you are over 60, you don’t have to give up cycling or never start cycling if it is something you have a passion for doing. However, you need to consult with your doctor if you have any health concerns and take proper care to rest after cycling to reduce the risk of injury.