To motorists, they’re the bane of existence, forever getting in the way and carrying with them an unassailable air of moral superiority. But to the rest of us, they’re often an inspiration. Cyclists. In a city like London, their mode of transport is generally the fastest and most efficient. It’s also the greenest (along with walking). Cyclists are able to estimate with accuracy their arrival times, because they can glide through traffic without a hitch. The drawbacks include, of course, arriving at destinations in a heavy sweat and with specks of pollution and road-dirt clinging to their faces. Then there are the safety issues; after all, the roads of the capital are full of drivers, especially those helming heavy goods vehicles, who seem to see cyclists as some sort of modern-day blood-sport, laid on for their enjoyment. If you’re on your way to gay massage, then cycling to your appointment is a great idea because you’ll be able to shower before the treatment begins.
But why are cyclists in the news? Well, it’s because a new study has spawned results indicating that cycling keeps you young. On the surface, that doesn’t sound like news. We all know that there are health and fitness benefits to travelling by two wheels rather than four. But the exciting aspect of this research is that it demonstrates that cyclists can stay strong well into old age, while the rest of the population becomes frail and incompetent. And this isn’t just a fitness is issue; cycling, it turns out, has a boosting effect on the immune system. In all of us lies an organ known as the thymus. It generates T-cells, which help us with immunity. Once we’re over the age of twenty, the organ starts to deteriorate and become less productive. What a new study has found, however, is that older cyclists have a thymus that keeps putting out as many T-cells as that of a young person.
The Institute of Inflammation and Ageing (University of Birmingham) is behind the study. Their research looked specifically at male subjects and confined itself to those able to cycle 100 kilometres in less than six-and-a-half hours. There were non-exercising comparison groups comprising healthy people in the 57-80 age range and in the 20-36 age range. The results were incontrovertible; the long-term cyclists had what can be regarded as the absolutely optimal ageing experience, free from the health ravages that beset inactive people. Their cholesterol levels did not increase with the years and they maintained an ideal proportion of body fat. The findings have now been published in health journal, Aging Cell. The caveat that has to be stressed is that to benefit most, you need to be someone who has cycled for as long a time as possible, so get started right now if you want to have those aging benefits. And just think; if your muscles initially react by aching and throbbing, gay massage London will tone and soothe them in between your bike journeys.