Two English universities have recently published research proving that a lifetime of cycling slows the effects of ageing and rejuvenates the immune system.
The cyclists in the study, of which I was not one, did not gain excessive body fat as they aged and their cholesterol levels were not raised. The age group in the test both men and women were aged 55 to 79.
In men levels of testosterone, which has an anti ageing effect, but usually dwindles with passing years — remains high. This added to the fact that regular cycling seems to have a proactive effect on the immune system, makes us regular cyclist the healthiest of human beings.
Yet there is more good news from a Scottish university that found that regular cycling reduces the risk of developing cancer by 45% compared with sedentary peoples.Plus cycling regularly nearly halves the risk of heart disease.
So I guess in a nutshell, cycle regularly to live longer and have the mental capacity not to get lost on your bike ride in old age!