The Arthritis Foundation
Cycling is a great source of exercise for people suffering from arthritis, as well as for others who may have chronic conditions. Riding a stationary or upright bicycle offers good cardiovascular exercise while strengthening the leg muscles and stabilizing the core. The repetitive knee movement is especially good for arthritic knees because it is low impact and encourages the production of healthy fluids in the joint. Cycling while seated does not offer the benefits of weight bearing exercise, which promotes increased bone density, so in addition to cycling a weight bearing activity is important.
When cycling on a moving bicycle, it is essential to always wear a helmet. Helmets save the lives of both experienced and inexperienced riders. Head injuries are serious and the risk of a head injury may be drastically reduced by wearing a helmet in the event of a wreck.
Besides riding your bike around the neighborhood or on errands, there are many local rides of different lengths sponsored during the warmer months that are suitable for people of varying ages or abilities.
Recently, Davis County hosted the 23rd annual Antelope by Moonlight Bike Ride. This ride is unique because it is held in the evening beginning at 10 p.m. under an almost full moon. Each year there’s a different theme for willing participants. The ride is from White Rock Bay to the historic Fielding Garr Ranch and back which is approximately a 24-mile route. People of all ages are encouraged to participate and enjoy the benefits of cycling. In addition, volunteers of all ages are also encouraged to come and support those riding the along the route.