Start riding bikes between 40 and 60 years has many benefits

Training 27/06/19 12:00 Migue A.

It's never too late, says the saying. In cycling this is also the case: it is never too late to start riding and start to feel everything that this sport can offer you. Even if you are between 40 and 60 years old, it may be a good time to take your first ride. And scientific studies corroborate this.


Begin cycling at maturity: assured success

There comes a time in life when you know yourself better and you what is best for you. Because when that moment comes, taking care of your health becomes another argument to look for new ways to do it, and cycling has a lot to say about it.


New studies confirm that cycling once you have entered the maturity has many benefits, you will notice them in a short time and your health will thank you as if you were a cyclist since adolescence.

It is true that beginning to practice sport at an early age is the most advisable. In fact, it is part of healthy habits and is a fundamental pillar to lead a healthy life. Cycling, in addition, being a means of transport at the same time, and is an optimal sport to practice as a family.


But if you are in your 40s and have never practiced cycling, it is certainly also a good time to start. A study published in the scientific journal Jama Network Open this month sheds more light on this fact: cycling at maturity and old age is not only good for anxiety and stress, but for your circulatory system.

The study about new veteran cyclist 

In this study, made to more than 315,000 people in the United States since the 1990s, all individuals studied over 40 and less than 61 years old, reduced cardiovascular risk by more than 40% and probability of suffering any type of tumor more than 15%. And the most significant: these data were practically identical to people who already practiced sports since adolescence.


These data can lead to a big mistake: it seems smart to think that it is not necessary to play sports in youth if later, in maturity, practicing cycling you will get the same results.

And, with aging, what happens to your body basically is that cell regeneration is much slower. Therefore, to perform the same exercise you demand much more from your body. If you have practiced cycling or other sports, you will have slowed down this aging and it will cost you less to continue practicing it. If you reach those ages, you can do it, but it will require a much greater effort.


And that is the second argument for not waiting for old age to practice cycling: if you have not ridden regularly, the chances of doing it at old age are minimal. The majority of the population that has not practiced sports during their life, does not do so in their old age.


In summary: it's never too late to start cycling; but do not wait to be an old man without healthy habits, without a sports routine and without a cycling experience to start with.



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