Now that it’s Phase 2, you can exercise outside. Exercise is important, especially for senior citizens. Low muscle mass is a common problem among seniors. In fact, in Singapore, 1 in 5 senior citizens have it. Moreover, there is COVID-19 and social distancing to worry about. With that said, cycling is one of the best exercises you can do, especially for the elderly. Moreover, not only can you combat coronavirus while boosting your immune system, but you can also effectively social distance. Can’t cycle? Can’t balance? No worries! Try the CarryAll folding tricycle.
Study about Senior Citizens in Singapore
The study is titled Strengthening Health In Elderly through nutrition (Shield). It started in 2017. the study featured 400 Singaporean senior citizens.
In the study, it was shown that 1 in 5 of people aged 65 and above has low muscle mass. Low muscle mass is also known as sarcopenia. Apart from ageing, other factors like a sedentary lifestyle or poor nutrition can lead to the loss of muscle mass.
Unlike most studies which focused on malnourished seniors, this study focused on normally nourished seniors. This shows that although proper nutrition helps, it is not enough.
It’s also important to start early, even if there are no symptoms. Muscle loss can begin naturally in the 40s and increases considerably with age. Senior citizens above the age of 65 have a 13% chance of having low muscle mass each time they turn a year old.
Reasons to keep healthy
Symptoms of sarcopenia include weakness, loss of stamina and loss of endurance. It also affects balance, their movement and their ability to perform daily tasks.
Strong muscles also help regulate the immune system. Maintaining your muscle health makes sure that your immune cells are active and healthy. Muscles also act as a major storage site for amino acids that are used by the body during trauma or infection. Having low muscle mass and not enough protein means your body cannot properly respond to an injury or infection.
If you are looking to exercise, try cycling! Cycling is one of the best exercises for ageing bodies. This is because it is a low-impact sport, which means it’s less stressful on the joints. Compared to jogging, you can go further and longer on a bike.
Going outdoors is also good for your health. Sunlight is rich in Vitamin D, which is good for bone health and building immunity. Since socialising now is harder due to COVID-19, Cycling outdoors gives them a reason to go out and keep healthy.
The virus also prefers colder temperatures and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation. When cycling outdoors alone, you don’t have to worry about that. Cycling is a solo activity, so there’s no risk of contact with someone else. Furthermore, If you are using your own vehicle, you do not have to worry about contracting COVID-19 from someone else.
Carryall Folding Tricycle
There is a misconception that cycling is dangerous. However, every activity comes with a risk. The key is moderation. It’s best to get used to riding in your own neighbourhood before going out to the park.
There are also bikes and trikes designed with senior citizens in mind. The CarryAll is the only adult foldable trike in the world. It has three small 8-inch wheels. This makes it very stable, even for those who have never cycled before. Unlike bikes, the carryall’s brakes make sure the vehicle slowly comes to a halt. It’s easy to regulate your speed on a carryall and mitigate turns with ease.
It also has a uniquely compact fold. You can bring the CarryAll onto public transport. The back wheels let you fold and roll it around with ease. It will also not take up much space in the house.
Get your Bikes at Mighty Velo
If you are looking to get a CarryAll, try Mighty Velo! Our online store is open for business. Mighty Velo is the official distributor for Pacific Cycles in Southeast Asia. Our Mechanics have been trained directly at Pacific Cycles HQ in Taiwan and can do proper maintenance and repair work on our bicycles. Every bicycle comes with a 2-year warranty on frame and 1-year warranty on parts.