Cycling for People with Arthritis

An older senior cyclist
I cannot deny it. I am an older cyclist. I think I am in pretty good shape considering my age, but I do have mild arthritis. I take a prescription for it and have tried to stop taking the medicine before only to find out that my arthritis is more problematic than I thought. One thing is for sure though, cycling helps alleviate some of the pain. 

Cycling is a great low-impact exercise for people with arthritis. It's easy on your joints and can help to improve your range of motion, flexibility, and strength. Cycling can also help to reduce pain and inflammation.

If you have arthritis, there are a few things you can do to make sure that you get the most out of cycling:

  • Choose the right bike. A comfortable bike with a wide seat and adjustable handlebars is important for people with arthritis. You may also want to consider a recumbent bike, which puts less stress on your joints.
  • Start slowly. If you're new to cycling, start with short, easy rides and gradually increase the distance and intensity of your rides over time.
  • Listen to your body. If you start to feel pain, stop and rest. Don't push yourself too hard.
  • Take breaks. It's important to take breaks often, especially if you're riding a long distance. Get off your bike and stretch for a few minutes every 20-30 minutes.
  • Wear the right gear. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. You may also want to wear a helmet and other safety gear.

Here are some additional tips for cycling with arthritis:

  • Adjust your bike. Make sure your bike is properly adjusted to your body. The seat should be at a height where you can comfortably reach the pedals with your legs fully extended. The handlebars should be at a height where you have a slight bend in your elbows.
  • Use a low gear. Start in a low gear and gradually shift up to a higher gear as you warm up. This will help you to avoid putting too much stress on your joints.
  • Maintain a steady cadence. Pedal at a steady pace and avoid sudden bursts of speed.
  • Ride on smooth surfaces. Avoid riding on rough or bumpy surfaces, as this can put too much stress on your joints.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after your rides.

Cycling is a great way to improve your overall health and fitness, even if you have arthritis. By following these tips, you can enjoy the benefits of cycling without putting too much stress on your joints.

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

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