I heart bicycle
Did you keep riding through this cold, dark June we’ve had? Well done. You’ve souped up your fitness, saved money and saved greenhouse gases. But I bet you did it because it makes you feel good to ride!
At the beginning of this month we gave an answer to the question Will I feel good? It focused on heart rate as a measure of feeling good, for a good reason. Many long-term scientific studies have shown, with amazing consistency, that resting heart rate, and how the heart recovers after exercise, is an incredibly accurate predictor of mortality; and not just from heart-related conditions, but from all causes.
As scary as that might sound, it is a valuable insight, because it allows you to focus on a simple strategy to attain and maintain robust health throughout your life; understand and respect your heart, get it fit and strong, and keep it in great shape. We covered this in more detail in our Hale and hearty article.
Check out the full article on heart health in the August-September issue of Ride On – on sale nationally 1 August or available by subscription.
A month well ridden
This post wraps up Ride On‘s June riding challenge. Please tell us the lessons you’ve learned from riding this month. We’ll collect your contributions to make a page of tips for the rest of winter. We’ve got a prize for the most valuable contributor. You can:
- leave comment at the bottom of this page
- comment on our Facebook page
- Tweet a micro-comment or link to a photo, blog or website using the #rideinJune tag, or
- email us.
Fancy a Twitter chat? We’ll be on hand Friday 1 July from 3–4.30pm (AEST) to tweet with you. Use the #rideinJune tag to identify your comments.