Get on your bike!
Riding a bike through retirement
Who would have thought I would ever ride a bike again at my age?
Not me that’s for sure!
My first bicycle was a second-hand Raleigh.
Life in then “war torn” Rhodesia, with Sanctions, meant that we could not buy new things, so when I got my first bike for Christmas one year, I loved it no end!
Now nearing retirement, and I own my 3rd bike ever in my whole life.
At first I felt nervous about getting back in the saddle after so many years of avoiding bikes at all costs.
But now, surprisingly, I look forward to a 20 km cycle, along gravel paths along a river with hills and countryside to admire along the way!
The changing world we live in
We are in lockdown again with Covid-19 and more recently the Delta variant causing havoc everywhere, so going for a short ride is pure joy.
At first, after a long ride on my bike, I felt like I was walking bow legged, and was horrified at the thought that the muscles I was building might somehow give me “thunder thighs”.
After some of our longer rides, I could also hardly move my arms, but now it feels good.
Only today, my 67 year old partner decided that I needed practice “standing up on my bike” to navigate through the tiny turnstiles and narrow entrances, so he took me down to the local school to practice.
Like a kid, I did what I was told. As an Engineer, he sees things differently it seems.
Later, when we headed down a narrow path with low overhanging trees at great speed, and although the branch that whacked me in the head slowed me somewhat, and made me slightly hesitant, I quickly re-gained my confidence, so I guess it is a journey of trial and error, but an enjoyable one.
I hardly notice the bruises and cuts now from falling off my bike, like I did in the beginning!
Ten benefits of cycling
- Improves balance and co-ordination
- Helps manage many health issues by avoiding a sedentary lifestyle
- Boosts energy and metabolism
- Boosts mental health
- Strengthens your leg, back and abdominal muscles
- Promotes healthy weight management
- Good for the knees
- Releases happy endorphins
- Puts less stress on your joints
- Lowers stress levels
If you are trying to loose or maintain weight then I found a great app to use. It is called “myfitnesspal” – Read more here
You can burn upwards of 350 kilojoules in half an hour of cycling too, so what’s not to like!
“A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke”
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