Time to get back in the sad­dle – it’ll help you live longer

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

Well, nearly. Keep age at bay by cy­cling reg­u­larly

Ly­cra vir­gin? It’s time to lose your cherry – at least, if you want to age grace­fully. Re­search pub­lished in the Jour­nal Of Phys­i­ol­ogy on the im­pact of ex­er­cise on the body found that cy­cling can ‘op­ti­mise’ the age­ing process, help­ing main­tain health and well­be­ing through­out life.

Sci­en­tists from King’s Col­lege Lon­don an­a­lysed the phys­i­o­log­i­cal func­tions of more than 120 regular cy­clists aged be­tween 55 and 79, in­clud­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar, re­s­pi­ra­tory and cog­ni­tive func­tions, and found few typ­i­cal signs of age­ing. To qual­ify for the ex­per­i­ment, male vol­un­teers had to be able to cy­cle 100km in un­der 6 ½ hours – a pretty man­age­able pace at any age. Make a start with two 30-minute ses­sions a week – whether you do it in skin-tight shorts or not is your call.

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