Should a 70 Year Old Ride a Bike?

A close up of a 70 year old male cyclist

Should a 70-year-old ride a bike?

Yes, absolutely! Cycling is a great form of exercise for people of all ages, but it can be especially beneficial for older adults. It's low-impact, easy on the joints, and can be done at any intensity level, making it a great way to stay active and fit.

As a 70-year-old cyclist who has been riding for many decades and completed a 962-mile ride across Texas in 2020, I can personally attest to the benefits of cycling at an older age. I'm currently training to ride from Canada to Mexico in 2026 as a 70 year old, and I'm feeling better than ever.

Here are just a few of the benefits of cycling for older adults:

  • Improved cardiovascular health: Cycling is a great way to get your heart rate up and improve your cardiovascular health. This can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic illnesses.
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis: Cycling helps to strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of osteoporosis. This is especially important for older adults, who are at a higher risk of developing this condition.
  • Improved balance and coordination: Cycling helps to improve your balance and coordination, which can help to prevent falls. This is another important benefit for older adults, who are more likely to suffer serious injuries from falls.
  • Reduced stress levels: Cycling is a great way to relieve stress and improve your mood. It's also a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Social interaction: Cycling can be a social activity, which can help to reduce loneliness and isolation. You can join a cycling club or group, or simply go for rides with friends and family.

If you're a 70-year-old who's thinking about starting to cycle, here are a few tips:

  • Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your rides.
  • Choose a bike that's comfortable and easy to ride.
  • Wear a helmet and other safety gear.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and ride defensively.
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when you need them.

If you have any health concerns, be sure to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise program, including cycling.

Here are some additional tips for training for a long-distance bike ride:

  • Make sure you have a good training plan in place.
  • Listen to your body and take rest days when you need them.
  • Fuel your body properly with healthy foods and drinks.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Practice riding in all types of weather conditions.
  • Get a good night's sleep before your ride.

Just remember to start slowly, listen to your body, and enjoy the journey!

Here is my next blog post: A Comprehensive Guide to Safe Cycling: Prioritizing Safety


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