You're Never Too Old to Ride a Bike.
First of all I need to confess. I'm a senior citizen. I receive the New Zealand Government Superannuation. And I'm proud of my age. I'm also proud of the fact that I keep myself reasonably fit. Lately most of my fitness efforts have been long 4 - 5 km walks several times a week, but now a new dimension has returned.
After my son cleaned up my bike and made it fit to be ridden again I thought I'd better use it. Some of my friends think I'm crazy. We live in a small city, quite busy with traffic. In their eyes women of my age shouldn't be riding around town on a bike. But they are wrong. And if they opened their eyes they'd notice many other older women out riding for fitness as well.
Cycling is a wonderful form of fitness. My first ride in twelve months this morning certainly got my heart rate up. And no doubt my legs will ache tomorrow. But I loved it. There's nothing better than the breeze in your face and the feeling of freedom. I coped with the traffic this morning and now I have my confidence back. This first ride will definitely not be the last.
So, no matter how old you are, you're never to old to ride a bike. if you haven't ridden one for a few years, why not have a go. Find a bike and a quiet place and climb aboard. See how it feels. You may very well love the feeling.
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Image Credit » Personal photo of Val Mills, writer of this post. January 2015