running as a complementary exercise to cycling

Consider running as a complementary exercise to cycling

A lot of cyclists are a bit sceptical about running as a complementary exercise to cycling, but I think they work well together. I actually took up running about 12 years ago as a time efficient form of exercise, and when I took up cycling ten years ago, I continued to run. When I say run my ‘jogging’ is fairly slow but it is aerobically intense enough for me. Here’s why it works for me: Time Efficient Running is an incredibly time efficient way of squeezing a cardiovascular workout into a busy weekday and it doesn’t require too much kit

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Great news…Cycling improves your immune system

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’m a great fan of new research that proves the many benefits of cycling, and the latest shows that cycling improves your immune system. Wouldn’t you like to have the immune system of a 20 year old, when you’re really over 55? In a recent study, published in a journal  called Aging Cell, researchers looked at 125 very active adult cyclists who were between ages 55 and 79. The researchers analysed their blood for markers of T-cells, which are known to help the immune system fight infections. The study authors

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take up road cycling

12 reasons why every woman should take up road cycling

I know that’s a bit of a bold headline, but I believe that every woman should take up road cycling, and to prove it I’ve come up with 12 reasons. I’ve borrowed these from an article I found in Bike Radar that listed 30 reasons. Here are my favourites in no particular order: Look younger Scientists at Stanford University have found that cycling regularly can protect your skin against the harmful effects of UV radiation and reduce the signs of ageing. Dermatologist Dr Christopher Rowland Payne explains: “Increased circulation through exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to skin cells more effectively,

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cycling improves your physical health

Cycling improves your physical health, get out there

I was thrilled to hear from my in-laws earlier this year, that they have taken up regular cycling and it’s had some great physical benefits, because we all know that cycling improves your physical health. The benefits for them have included a significant reduction in their blood pressure as well as improving their overall health. These two are not spring chickens, but through a relatively short daily ride they’ve really made a difference to their quality of life. So I thought I’d have a look at why a small amount of riding is so beneficial to them. My research has

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cyclists should add regular resistance training

Female cyclists should add regular resistance training to the mix

Whether you’re a competitive or recreational cyclist, all cyclists should add regular resistance training sessions to their exercise mix. Regular resistance training can improve your strength, help you maintain bone density and aid in injury prevention. I’ve been doing a weekly resistance training session for about ten years which is longer than I’ve been cycling. I believe it plays an important part in my exercise program which also includes jogging. My focus has always been on general resistance training to keep me strong and to help with bone density rather than improving my cycling. Perhaps if I was a more

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anti-ageing and cycling

Good news for women who cycle – anti-ageing and cycling are closely linked

A friend of mine (thanks Jackie) sent me a link to a great article about 105 year old Frenchman named Robert Marchand which shows a clear connection with anti-ageing and cycling. It’s worth a read. But in short, Monsieur Marchand has confounded researchers by making improvements in his cycling ability even at the age of 105! I find the subject of anti-ageing quite fascinating. The older I get, the more mortal I feel, and like most of us, I want to live for as long as possible, but with a good quality of life. So I decided to do some

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