Whilst the magic of cycling is that it can be enjoyed at any age, cycling can be especially beneficial for the over 50s! Not only will cycling get you from A to B, it brings with it a fantastic range of health benefits too. Here are five reasons why you should hop on the saddle!

IMPROVED HEALTH AND FITNESS
Cycling is a great form of exercise! As an aerobic activity, cycling gives your heart, blood vessels and lungs a workout which lowers the risk of major conditions such as heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Studies show that regular cycling can cut the risk of heart disease by as much as 50 percent whilst the British Heart Foundation estimates around 10,000 fatal heart attacks could be avoided each year if people kept themselves fitter by exercises such as cycling.

IT’S LOW-IMPACT
Cycling is a great low-impact exercise option for people who otherwise experience joint pain when doing strenuous walking or jogging. Not to be mistaken for easy or ineffective, low-impact cycling is a great option for challenging the whole body— without all the stress on your joints.

ENDORPHINS, ENDORPHINS, ENDORPHINS!
The traditional benefits of exercise have always been to improve and maintain fitness, however cycling is also great for your mental health as exercise encourages the release of ’endorphins’ - your body’s natural ‘feel good’ drug. Studies show that by releasing this chemical, cycling can elevate your mood, relieve anxiety and increase stress resistance.

A TOUCH OF ADVENTURE
Nothing compares to the freedom of two wheels, and it’s not just ‘feel-good’ endorphins that leave cyclists on a high after a good bike ride. With the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, a cycling holiday is a perfect way to get outdoors and away from the crowds. Choosing a cycling holiday won’t just help with your fitness, but it’s also a great way of exploring with a group of people all looking to do the same as you.

 

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