Cycling Time – Is It Worth It?

Dale Campbell: Co-Editor

In the column, the Doctors noted that a whole series of studies that positively supported how urban riders benefit from cycling.  There’s the obvious advantages of maintaining a healthier weight, improving cardio fitness and reducing carbon footprints.  But the good doctors also noted the secondary impact of rolling back your “RealAge” (disclosure:  Created by Drs Oz and Roizen, the RealAge Test assesses your eating, exercise, and sleep habits, along with family health history, behaviors, and existing conditions based on 100+ factors).  Oz and Roizen referenced the results of a British study, noting the study:
“… looked at 125 amateur, ‘nonelite,’ but very active cyclists ages 55 to 79 (84 men, 41 women).  After extensive cognitive and physical testing they [the British study] reported that it was not possible ‘to physiologically … identify the (calendar) age of a given individual.’  The older cyclists’ memory, reflexes, muscle mass, bone density, strength, balance and metabolic health simply did not provide a clue to what year they were born.”
 
So, to answer the question raised in the title of this article and in spite of the potential dangers, my answer is a resounding “YES!”  The cycling time is worth it!  So, get out there and ride – safely.
 
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