File this one under Good news that we sort of knew already:
Researchers seem to have discovered the secret of eternal youth – riding a bike.
It’s nice to have something you thought all along confirmed by research: A Dutch study found that cyclists live longer than others, and endure fewer health complications as they age.
This is not exactly a new study, as it dates back to 2015, but it keeps surfacing on the internet, and recently Cycling Today put it this way: it turns out every hour you spend riding a bike extends your lifetime by … one hour!
Hmmm… if that’s true, the secret to eternal youth is to just never get off your bike!
Well, maybe cycling won’t guarantee immortality, but it is nice to know that the health benefits of cycling are quantifiable. Knowing this, it’s much easier to make that choice between getting some unpleasant project done, or going for a ride. Now you can say the ride should most certainly come first, and it will actually give you more time in your life to get those less welcome tasks done later… right?
Either way, what we have known all along is that getting around by bike, for health, transport, fitness or simply for fun, adds immeasurably to your quality of life. Knowing it’s also making that happier life longer is great.
Let’s celebrate with an extra ride this week!