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