Condition: Thinning Bones
Cycling is one of the best exercises for every part of your body except the one that holds it together: your skeleton. Studies show that some of the most elite riders have the weakest bones. Even passionate enthusiasts riding about 12 hours a week can have bone densities 10 percent lower than their active, noncycling peers.
Cycling Rx: ‘Cross Train
Your bones need impact to build. Hit the ground running this fall with cyclocross. ‘Cross courses are short circuits that require you to dismount and jump over barriers and natural obstacles. Running and jumping with your bike tossed over your shoulder will build bones in your legs, hips and spine—key places osteoporosis strikes first. Mountain biking is another good alternative, because rocky terrain forces your limbs to absorb skeleton-stimulating shock and vibration. Give your bones a jolt at least twice a week.