February is American Heart Month, and that serves as a good reminder for aging adults to get an annual check-up and, if cleared by a doctor, to start engaging in an active lifestyle. Understandably, not everyone will be capable of the same physical activities, but there are options for essentially every age, skill level and physical condition. It's a matter of working with a health care or fitness expert to find a plan that works for you.
Even a modest amount of activity can be beneficial for the heart. A simple way that aging adults can start incorporating more movement into their routines is by bike riding — right from the comfort of home. That's right, thanks to technology, you can avoid the safety risks of riding a bike outside and still get maximum benefit!
Stationary bikes and portable hand/foot pedal mini trainers are good alternatives to outdoor cycling, and they can be utilized all year — a very nice option during cold Wisconsin winters.
To make indoor cycling more enjoyable and to help you stick to a routine/plan, virtual cycling videos are available to stream online. Many of these videos are free to use and can be found simply by conducting a search on YouTube.
Here are two free virtual cycling videos on YouTube:
Arches National Park Bike Ride:
If streaming is not an option, several companies, like
Bike-O-Vision.com, specialize in premium virtual cycling videos that can be purchased as hardcopies and played on a standard DVD or Blu-ray player.
Videos like these enable seniors to immerse their senses by "cycling" through national parks, the Seven Wonders of the World and scenic cities. And the physical motion of pedaling is good for the heart, circulation and edema. Furthermore, clients may discover mental benefits, as they reminisce of travels from yesteryear; the good memories might even be the catalyst to seek new adventures.
This information is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content herein is for general informational purposes only. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this newsletter with other sources, including your own physician, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician.