Tag: cycling

Family Activities for Fun and Good Health

Another link that I happened to click recently was NIH’s National Institute on Aging provided article discussing family activities that could be tried to improve the health of whole family. That was good read but they have also lots of other good information that could be checked, such as general guides for endurance, strenght, balance and flexibility training that everyone should do, preferably daily. But coming back to physical activities that whole family could do, one of the most common things that we use to do is to take our boys to ride their bicycles while we are running as parents. I have actually done that ever since my oldest child was 2,5 years old when he learnt to cycle, without balance wheels. He had used a balance bike for quite long before that so actual cycling was quite easy after that. We were living in The Netherlands at that time and luckily roads were very flat and regions very safe, which made things much easier. I was also giving him a little “push” every now and then and was helping him when going uphills (those few that we faced during our normal running and cycling trips).Younger brother also learnt to cycle at quite young age and now they need to wait dad when I am running and they are with their bikes 🙂 We also cycle to pre-school and daycare and use bike every time when distances are not too long.

Cycling, walking and playing various (ball) games together is also good fun. One of the things we do once per week is parent-child floorball, which has been so great as that is not so “structured” club exercise aiming at competitions or so but just easy playing with kids. Regional club football is also good as boys can meet and interact with their mates at the same time, as well as during cross-country skiing practises where general motor and other skills will improve substantially. So there are plenty of good ways to be physically active also as a whole family and we just need to pick up the best ways that work each one of us.

A picture of Tour de France rider shows what extreme training can do for your blood volume and vasculature

Most remarkable sport event in July, Tour de France, is over and was again won by Chris Froome. This blog is not so much focused on which rider or athlete wins or loses in some competition and I will therefore leave those things for the journalists. During the Tour an interesting and memorable picture was however taken and posted on Instagram by one of the riders, which nicely shows what endurance training is capable of doing in our body. Some said that rider should see his doctor, but his legs are not neccesarily showing any bad injuries or fatigue but are simply a result of extreme endurance training caused mainly by two main physiological factors.

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High-intensity interval training and glucose uptake and blood flow in skeletal and cardiac muscle

High-intensity interval training is powerful and time-efficient training method to improve fitness and health. According to recent results high-intensity interval training is as effective as continous moderate intensity aerobic training to improve insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in skeletal muscles in middle-aged men, while neither of these training modes improved free-fatty acid uptake studied at resting baseline.

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