Speaking of hearts: yours will benefit greatly if you go for a regular spin. You don't have to do the Tour de France, shorter rides around the neighbourhood
can also help get your pulse going and prevent cardiovascular disease. Cycling is ideal because the circular movements it involves minimise strain on the joints – which also makes it a perfect fitness activity for older people.
The best thing is that you don’t have to formally schedule your daily dose of fitness training, but can easily integrate exercise by bike into your daily routine. If you don’t have far to travel, whenever you can, get on your bike rather than taking the car or bus. Cycling to the shops, to work or to see friends not only keeps you fit, but it’s often a quicker way of getting from A to B than the motorised alternatives - particularly in town.
If you build cycling into your routine you’ll soon feel the positive effects, especially when you’re out and about in the wind and rain. How does the proverb go? There’s no such thing as bad weather, there’s only bad clothing. Your immune system will benefit, as being outdoors in the fresh air every day boosts your resistance. It’s crucial to have solid defences: not just in times of Covid-19, but also to ward off the next bout of seasonal flu.