Sprightly Sydneysiders are invited to dust-off their exercise gear and enrol in the City’s first Over 55s bike course during Seniors Week, 17-24 March.
The free, half-day Back on Your Bike class at Sydney Park will teach seniors tips and traffic skills to help them ride safely and confidently.
“Riding a bike is not only an affordable and practical way to get around, it promotes healthy living and improves overall fitness as well as mental health,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“Experts tell us that one of the best ways to live a long and healthy life is through regular exercise. Riding a bike is great because it’s suitable for all abilities and can be a great social activity.
“You’re never too old to start riding a bike, or to get back on after a long break. Hopefully this Seniors Week bike course will inspire more locals to give it a go.”
Bike riding has special benefits for seniors, including:
- Getting fit with low impact on the hips, knees and other joints;
- Controlling weight and improving cardiovascular fitness to reduce the risk of heart attack;
- Helping oxygen flow to the body and brain, improving sleep patterns, reducing stress and improving mental health;
- Preventing obesity, colon and breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, mild depression, hypertension and arthritis; and
- Offering a cheap and fun way to meet new friends and explore local neighbourhoods.
Tony Etherington, 67, completed the bike course at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre last year and said he’s been back on his bike ever since.
“I loved the course as it gave me so much more confidence to get back on my bike and out on the roads,” said Tony.
“I wanted to use my bike to help me get around. Now I use it to ride to the local pool, visit friends and even to visit my 95-year-old mother a few suburbs away.
“Once you get back on your bike, you quickly forget how long it’s been since you were last riding. It’s also great exercise.”
Seniors free Back on Your Bike course
Date: Monday 18 March
Location: Sydney Park Cycling Centre
Register: online at bit.ly/seniors-cycling or phone 02 9265 9333
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