the magic formula for staying fit and healthy

Cycling: the magic formula for staying fit and healthy

Never before were there more ways to enjoy exercise on two wheels. They ranges from comfortable city bikes to thoroughbred racing bikes and full suspension mountain bikes – each with or without electric support. In short, there’s something to make every cyclist’s heart throb.
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.

Cycling in the city

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.

In the event of further health-related questions, SWICA customers can contact the santé24 telemedicine service free of charge on +41 44 404 86 86. A telemedicine practice licence allows santé24 physicians to provide additional medical services in cases that are suited to a telemedicine approach. SWICA customers can also use the BENECURA medical app to carry out a digital SymptomCheck and receive recommendations about what to do next. During a subsequent phone call with santé24, customers can decide for themselves whether to release their information from SymptomCheck to santé24.