Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fun Exercise for Over 50's & Seniors

Stay fit at your own pace with an electric bike.

Our bodies are built to move. Now you’re over 50, and it feels like you’ve been sitting at a desk for the past 30.

As you roll into your more tasteful years, it is important to keep tabs with your doctor about your physical activity. In most cases, it is safer for you to be active than it is to not exercise.

As we age, our muscle mass and strength naturally decreases and our joints can lose flexibility, making any future activities even harder. What’s more, limited to no exercise can make us grumpy. Instead of humbugging your way through life, find an activity that gets you out of your lumpy chair and out exploring the world. The good news is it’s never too late to start exercising.

An e-bike is a great solution for both exercise and transportation. You can make long-forgotten limbs useful again. You’ll feel better, have more energy, lighten your mood and get to the farmer’s market or your kid’s place while pedaling or riding an electric bicycle.

While you build your strength, the electric motor can get you where you’re going. The more you ride and strengthen your muscles, the more you can rely on pedaling over the motor. Since cycling is a low-impact activity, even people with osteoarthritis can ride. If it ever becomes too much, just turn to the motor.

If you are worried about your balance or current health or fitness level, talk to your doctor before purchasing or riding an electric bicycle. A common issue in seniors is hip injuries, often resulting from falling because of poor leg or hip strength. The best way to prevent falling is to strengthen the leg and hip muscles. These help you balance and will protect your body. The more you ride, the more you’ll strengthen your legs and prevent future injuries.

While electric bikes cost more than a regular bike, they cost far less than a car or other motorised bicycle. E-bikes don’t require a license, and there’s no road tax or insurance to pay. It’s a smart solution for seniors who have places to go and people to impress.

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