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Cycle Your Way to Better Sleep

Cycle Your Way to Better Sleep: How Physical Activity Improves Sleep Quality in Seniors As we age, sleep can become elusive. Tossing and turning, waking up in the middle of the night, and feeling tired despite a full night's "rest" are all too common experiences for seniors. But what if there was a simple, enjoyable, and low-impact way to improve your sleep quality? Enter cycling! Pump Up Your Sleep with Pedaling: Studies have shown that regular physical activity, particularly moderate-intensity exercise like cycling, can significantly improve sleep quality in older adults. Here's how: Reduces stress and anxiety:  Cycling outdoors or in a gym releases endorphins, natural mood boosters that combat stress and anxiety, known culprits of sleep disruptions. Tires you out the right way:  Regular physical activity uses up excess energy, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. Regulates your sleep-wake cycle:  Cycling, especially in the morning or ear

How to Overcome Feeling Like an Elephant on Your Bike After a Layoff

I really dislike the feeling I get when I get back on my bicycle after a couple of weeks off of it. The best explanation I have is that I feel kind of like an elephant on a bike. Some of you have probably had similar feelings. Read on to see what you can do to get back to the feeling of being a cyclist again. If you've taken a couple of weeks off the bike, you're probably feeling like an elephant when you first get back on. Your legs may feel heavy, your lungs may feel tight, and you may be wondering how you ever made it up that hill in the past. Don't worry, it's perfectly normal to feel this way. Your body just needs some time to get back into the swing of things. Here are a few tips to help you overcome the feeling like an elephant on your bike after a layoff: 1. Take it easy. The most important thing is to take it easy when you first get back on the bike. Don't try to do too much too soon. Start with short, easy rides and gradually increase the distance and inte

The Effects of Alcohol on Long Distance Cycling

As an old guy cyclist, I've learned a thing or two about the effects of alcohol on my performance. I've also seen firsthand how alcohol can impact the performance of other cyclists, both in training and racing. What Alcohol Does to Your Body When you drink alcohol, your body prioritizes processing the alcohol over other functions, such as repairing muscle tissue and hydrating. This means that alcohol can have a number of negative effects on your long distance cycling performance, including: Dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you pee more. This can lead to dehydration, which can impair your performance and increase your risk of heat stroke. Impaired coordination. Alcohol can impair your coordination and balance, which can make it difficult to ride safely. Reduced reaction time. Alcohol can slow down your reaction time, which can make it difficult to react to hazards on the road. Increased fatigue. Alcohol can make you feel tired and sluggish, which can make

Why Long Distance Cyclists Should Consider Magnesium Supplements

Fueling Your Ride from the Inside Out For long-distance cyclists, pushing boundaries becomes a mantra. You train relentlessly, meticulously plan routes, and obsess over gear efficiency. But what about the fuel that powers your body, the unseen engine driving every pedal stroke? One often-overlooked nutrient, magnesium , deserves a place in your pre-ride ritual. Here's why: Muscle Magnesium Mayhem: Cycling depletes magnesium stores through sweat. This mineral plays a crucial role in muscle function, contraction, and relaxation. Low levels can lead to cramping, fatigue, and decreased power output – not ideal when miles stretch before you. Studies have shown magnesium supplementation can reduce muscle cramps and improve exercise performance in endurance athletes. Beyond Muscle Power: Magnesium's magic extends far beyond muscle twitches. It's involved in over 300 bodily processes, including energy production, bone health, nervous system function, and