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Warning! Cycling Causes Osteoporosis? Must Read Advice For Every Cyclist.

Updated on January 9, 2013

Cycling Osteoporosis Risk Factor?

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Cycling Causes Osteoporosis-Risk Factor?

Osteoporosis Risk-studies have come to the conclusion that experienced cyclist, those that have cycled for over 10 years with small to no other type of exercise being pursued are at a greater risk of developing Osteoporosis. This is because cycling is on the whole a low impact sport. As a result it's been observed in lots of experienced cyclists that they have a reduced level of Bone Mineral Density(BMD)

Due to fact that the bones of a cyclist are not subject to say the same impact stresses of a runner, the cyclist bones become less dense. much in the same way but not to the same extent that those confined to wheel chairs have reduced bone density in their legs & hips. The issue with this is that while the cyclist is supremely fit in lots of cases & enjoys the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, a fitness programme that only includes cycling as an exclusive type of exercise may cause issues in later life, as reduced bone density can lead to increased exposure to the osteoporosis risk factor for cyclists.

So how does the cyclist negate this risk?

Fortunately for the keen cyclist this is something that can be remedied quite easily with a few practical & basically implemented measures.

The most practical of these being running. To increase effectiveness this can be done in boots rather than trainers. Boots will stress the bones more heavily leading to physiological change in your bone make up, in turn leading to a higher bone density. It is an advisable practice for the keen cyclist to wear boots rather than trainers when not on their bike as this increases bone impact even when simply walking. Running a couple of miles a week in boots will significantly reduce your exposure to low BMD even in trainers it will help significantly. While running at these low levels you are also unlikely to experience any negative side effects from impact related injury.

In order to reduce your risk of exposure to the effects of lower BMD we must as a healthy precaution build in to our exercise programmes impact & weight bearing exercise. An excellent impact exercise that the cyclist can use to ward of the effects of a heightened exposure to Osteoporosis is leaping rope. This places on the skeletal system the necessary stresses to increase bone density, a couple of minutes 3 to 4 times a week would be of great benefit to most cyclists.

Finally it is highly recommended that the keen cyclist partake in a weight training program not only will this improve your cycling by increasing the muscle strength needed for maintaining high speeds & hill climbing but it will also thicken bones that are subjected to the weight bearing exercises. So it is an excellent means of avoiding lower bone density.

As you can see from the simple measure I have mentioned a cyclist exposure to the risk of Osteoporosis is quite easily avoidable & with a few simple steps like the ones suggested above there is no reason it ought to be a cause for excessive concern.

You can find the experimental evidence that I used as the basis of this article at the following link.
Osteoporosis - men


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