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Cycling Key to Longevity in Exercise

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The traditional leisure activities have shifted in the last couple of years and one of the most prominent is cycling. The summer months highlight the many benefits of cycling, with enthusiasts like 65-year-old Brooks Boliek calling it his "longevity drug." 


Research supports cycling’s health benefits, including reducing the risk of osteoarthritis and knee pain by age 65. A new study involving 2,600 participants found that cyclists were 21% less likely to show signs of osteoarthritis. The study, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, emphasizes cycling as a low-impact exercise that strengthens knee muscles and circulates joint-lubricating synovial fluid.


While the study was observational and cannot prove cause and effect, it aligns with advice from healthcare providers promoting non-weight-bearing exercises. Despite risks like overuse injuries and accidents, cycling is associated with increased longevity and can be a lifelong activity.

Finsum: Cycling also presents wonderful opportunities to engage with larger groups of enthusiasts as the communal aspect is very strong. 

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