Saturday, January 10, 2015
Study: Regular Cycling Keeps Us Young
Have you noticed that most cyclist are physically fit and look young? There's a scientific study behind it. A new study done by scientists shows that regular cyclists aged 55 and above "had levels of physiological function that would place them at a much younger age compared to the general population." They are physically younger than most people of the same age.
The study was published in the Journal of Physiology. The research was done by King’s College London and the University of Birmingham. There were 81 male and 41 female who were studied, they undergone strict tests that monitored their lung, heart, hormonal, neuromuscular, reflexes, muscle, bone strength, oxygen uptake and metabolic functions.
According to Professor Norman Laza-rus one of the researchers, “Cycling not only keeps you mentally alert but requires the vigorous use of many of the body’s key systems, such as your muscles, heart and lungs, which you need for maintaining health.”
"Inevitably, our bodies will experience some decline with age, but staying physically active can buy you extra years of function compared to sedentary people. Cycling not only keeps you mentally alert, but requires the vigorous use of many of the body’s key systems, such as your muscles, heart and lungs which you need for maintaining health and for reducing the risks associated with numerous diseases."
So if you want to look younger than your peers start pedaling your bike or if not you can do other activity that will keep you moving like walking, running, swimming or other sports. Sedentary lifestyle is not an option if you want to maintain your health and well-being.
Look at this old guy and his crazy bike tricks! He's definitely young at heart!