Cycling is a great form of exercise for the elderly as it is low-impact, easy on the joints, and can improve cardiovascular and lung health. It can also help improve muscle strength and flexibility and can be a fun way to get outdoors and stay active. However, many may question whether cycling may be too burdensome for them. It's important for older people to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine, and to start gentally and increase intensity and duration as tolerance allows. Additionally, older adults should use appropriate safety gear, such as a helmet and reflective clothing when cycling to enjoy the fun. The following parts aim to give you some advice on how to benefit the most from it without hurting yourself.
Supplemental Oxygen and Cycling
Cycling has always been considered good exercise and relaxation for people of different ages and in various health conditions. Whether you are looking for a regular workout to keep healthy, or professional high-intense training to boost your body function, cycling can be a great option. If you are interested but haven’t made up your mind yet, read on. This article will make it clear to you why you should try it and how to get started.
Inhaling supplemental oxygen is a good way to provide sufficient oxygen for your increased need during cycling, keeping you energetic and helping you recover fast. It also reduces the risk of accidents and injuries.
Long-distance cycling of 200km and above is a challenge to the endurance of riders. Such an extreme test requires some different techniques from your normal training. Learning to pace yourself properly is the key to completing your first attempt. Here are some tips that can help you with that.
Do you often experience shortness of breath, increased heart rate, or extreme body stress on your ride? If so, you might need to correct your breathing habit. In cycling and many other exercises, the main provider of the energy you need is the oxidative phosphorylation system, in which sufficient oxygen is needed to energize your muscles. To avoid shallow breaths and maximize your oxygen uptake, you need to learn about belly breath (abdominal respiration)--the key to deep breaths.
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