Why Cycling Could Be Your Secret to a Longer, Healthier Life

A new study shows that cycling can reduce knee pain and osteoarthritis, while also increasing longevity. Discover why biking might be the best exercise for you.

Why Cycling Could Be Your Secret to a Longer, Healthier Life
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May is National Bike Month, and a new study highlights yet another reason to love cycling. Research funded by the National Institutes of Health found that people who bike regularly are significantly less likely to suffer from osteoarthritis and knee pain by age 65 compared to non-cyclists.

"Bicyclers were 21% less likely to have X-ray evidence and symptoms of osteoarthritis compared to those who did not have a history of bicycling," says Dr. Grace Lo from Baylor College of Medicine .

Cycling offers a low-impact exercise option that builds muscle around the knee, improves joint lubrication, and can be enjoyed well into old age. According to Norman Lazarus, Professor Emeritus at King's College London, "physical activity in which there is little weight-bearing on joints will be more beneficial than those that need constant stamping" .

Discover the full benefits of cycling and how it might just be the key to a healthier, longer life in the full article.

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