Older cyclists who dress up in skin-tight Lycra and riding bicycle show fewer signs of aging compared with non-cyclists, according to a study published in the Journal of Physiology.
Scientists analyzed the physiological functions of more than 120 regular cyclists aged between 55 and 79 years, but failed to find any of the obvious signs of aging that they would normally observe among people of the same age.
During the study, volunteers including 84 men and 41 women had to cycle 100 km (62 miles) in 6.5 hours for men and 60 km in less than 5.5 hours for women. This group of elder cyclists was monitored in a laboratory for two days with a battery of tests to measure their cardiovascular, respiratory, neuromuscular, metabolic, endocrine and cognitive functions in addition to bone strength and general health and well-being.
The study findings suggest that the cyclists showed few of the typical signs of aging and that it was not possible to made generalizations about the aging process.