Are you willing to allow arthritis to immobilize you without putting up a fight?
The fact is, exercise is absolutely critical for people who suffer from arthritis.
Here’s a pro tip for you: You’ll feel much healthier if you vary your exercise habits and fitness plans every week. It’s also important to remain alert of the impact that doing the same things day after day can have upon your joints and muscles.
So if you’re having regular problems with arthritic knees and hips, a really stiff lower back, or even tightness in your muscles (such as your Achilles or calves), then cycling is an ideal exercise for you! Even if you only do it for 30 minutes or so at a time.
Many people think that walking or jogging is the only way to exercise while enjoying the fresh air.
Yet the health benefits of doing something like cycling are endless.
Cycling regularly can help improve physical fitness, ease stress (due to the rush of endorphins being released) and it’s also a great way to reduce your weight.
Not to mention you’ll get to see some nice sights if you pick a scenic route.
Because you’ll be reducing the impact of the hard surface that can easily damage vital joints. You’ll also be helping essential processes like the heart and the lungs to stay healthy.
Let me say this again.
Bike riding is something that anyone in their 40s, 50s and above should seriously consider. It’s even better than walking if your objective is to stay active and healthy.
Now, let’s bust a myth about bike riding. Many people think that to have the same positive impact on your health, as say, going for a run, you have to do much more when riding a bike because it’s “easier.”
This protest is one of the most common objections I hear when I suggest people consider taking bike rides.
It’s true that to get the endorphins, you’ll have to sit on your bike a bit longer than if you were just heading out for a run. Keeping this in mind, here’s a fact when it comes to bike riding vs. running:
Someone who weighs approximately 200 pounds will burn roughly 350 calories from riding for 30 minutes (with much less effort than a typical 20 minute run). Whereas, that same person will be lucky to burn 190 calories running (and the run will feel like… a lot more work).
Although it might not seem like it, you’re working just as hard. Only, biking is much safer in terms of the reduced impact on your knees and hips.
When the numbers stack up, you can see why more people aged 50-plus are getting back on their bikes to keep healthy and feel and look great.