In Chris’ case, it’s unlikely, as he had a family history of the disease. But in many cases, osteoporosis – a health condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break – is largely preventable. Since cycling isn’t a weight-bearing exercise, then you’re unlikely to be able to prevent the disease through cycling alone. However, one way to prevent osteoporosis is to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D.
So, first and foremost, if vitamin D prevents you from giving up cycling, then that in itself will make you a better cyclist. But what other benefits does regular consumption of this essential vitamin have for our two-wheeled endeavours? 1) It reduces inflammation
Studies show that inflammation is increased when an athlete has lower levels of vitamin D. It is thought that inflammation is one of the causes of burnout in athletes or ‘overtraining syndrome’. But, if an athlete maintains a normal level of vitamin D through both diet and supplementation, inflammation is reduced, and you can get back to training more quickly. 2) Be a better sprinter
If you’ve ever done intervals, you might have heard the words ‘fast-twitch muscle fibres’. Well, these type-II muscles are said to be particularly sensitive to the effects of vitamin D deficiency. These muscle fibres are important in activities that require short, sharp bursts. Basically, if you want that epic sprint finish or you’re beasting up a big climb, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D. […]
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