It’s no secret that once we get older, we have less time to do the things we love. We seemingly feel too busy or too tired. However, there are still ways to follow your passion in cycling. And no, not just a leisurely cycle around the block. Epic adventures await to be conquered, no matter how old!Cycling up mountain ranges or entering races may seem daunting.
Although, there’s still ways to get into shape for that perfect ride you’ve been waiting for. Riding to work not only is a convenient way to avoid peak-hour traffic but is great for your fitness and to train up your cycling skills. It’s estimated that at least 30 mins of decent exercise is a great way to keep fit and healthy.Still unsure about your age holding you back? Well, many professional cyclists age between 25 to 50. No matter the age, it’s possible to be as fit and fast as someone younger or older than yourself. In fact, at the age of 52, Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli won her 10th French TT, and Chris Horner won the Vuelta a España just under the age of 42.
There’s still one small hurdle worrying older riders. That is the risk of injury or pushing too hard. However, taking the necessary steps in ensuring safety is not only helpful for older riders, but anyone dedicated on taking on a challenge. Eating well, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep is the bare basics of being healthy enough to tackle a big ride. Furthermore, getting comfortable apparel and equipment can make your training much more durable and long term protect you from future injuries. Knowing your limit and letting yourself take a break or a cool-down can make a lot of a difference. As soon as it gets too much, slow down the pace or rehydrate.
It may seem like an uphill battle, but the more frequent rides the more you’ll see your body and fitness improve.If an injury does occur, make sure to treat it well and take it slow during the next ride. Sometimes an injury may seem fully healed but could potentially return if you’re not looking after yourself properly. Worried about losing your fitness while injured? There are still exercises you can do at home which are specific muscle targeting. For example, if you have an ankle injury you can still participate in exercises such as sit-ups, Russian twists and squats.
And if you’ve injured your core muscles training like lunges, step-ups and running will keep you fit.Don’t let the worry of age hold you back from your dream ride. Keeping healthy, being well equip and taking advantage of your travel time will help you strive for that cycling goal! Happy Cycling!
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