The municipal budget includes a nice sum for bike paths Cycling on the road reduces bone density and can cause fractures of the femoral (thigh) bone in relatively young cyclists that usually characterize a relatively older population, according to a new meta-analysis – a search process used to systematically merge the findings of independent studies – by researchers at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.
It is common knowledge that riding a bicycle is good for your health, as it is aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping, strengthens your leg muscles and uses up calories, but the study warned that cycling on roads can actually cause damage.
Dr. Ianiv Simonovich, Nadav Rinot and Yaniv Keren wrote in the latest issue of the Hebrew-language journal Harefuah of the Israel Medical Association that the lack of impact placed on the bones during ordinary cycling reduces bone density, especially in the hip area and that “the phenomenon is seen at all ages, adolescents and adults and men and women.”
Lower bone density was found in the spine as well as the femoral bones among those who rode bicycles on roads, they found. How to avoid loss of bone density
CYCLING ACTIVIST Oren Lotan feels there is no time to be lost in getting cycling and walking infrastructures installed on the urban artery. (credit: Courtesy Oren Lotan) To avoid this, the research team recommends incorporating into the training routine running, off-road cycling and impact exercises such as jumping that puts greater weight on joints and […]