Biking in Hilton Head: Why It’s Good For You
Hilton Head is one of the country’s most active biking communities, with miles of gorgeous bike paths appropriate for cyclists of all skill levels. For the island’s retirees looking to remain active in their golden years, this is excellent news. Cycling is one of the best activities for maintaining your health as you age, and choosing to take your biking outdoors offers a myriad of mental and physical health benefits. Whether you are already an avid cyclist or you haven’t been on a bike since childhood, hitting Hilton Head’s bike paths is an easy way to boost your health and have fun at the same time.
How Cycling Can Help Keep You Healthy as You Age
Most Americans understand the importance of staying active in retirement, but cycling is often overlooked in favor of other activities like walking or swimming. In fact, cycling is an excellent option for older adults concerned about impact to their joints, as cycling involves a steady and smooth motion that doesn’t stress the knees or ankles. Moreover, cycling provides the same benefits as other regular aerobic activities, including weight loss and improved cardiovascular health.
You don’t need to be in excellent shape to begin bike riding. You can start on flat paths to build your strength and stamina; there are even electric bikes to provide you with a helpful boost that you may need at the beginning (and these bikes are legal to use on Hilton Head’s public paths without a license).
The Many Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors
Cycling indoors on a stationary bike is certainly wonderful exercise, but heading outdoors on your bike unlocks a long list of additional health benefits. The exposure to sunlight can help boost your vitamin D levels, often low among American seniors; increased vitamin D levels can help improve immune system function and enhance bone health. Apart from the exposure to beneficial vitamin D, spending time among green spaces has been shown to directly boost your immune system’s health. A study conducted by Tokyo’s Nippon Medical School shows that those who spent plenty of time outdoors experienced boosted white cell production.
The benefits of time spent outdoors are not limited to your physical health, either. A study lead by University of Rochester researchers found that time outdoors provides more energy than a cup of coffee, and exposure to natural sunlight can help regulate your internal clock, leading to a more restful night’s sleep.
Hitting Hilton Head’s Bike Paths
Decided to take the plunge and hop on your bike? There’s no better place in the country to do so than on Hilton Head. The island’s bike paths are award-winning, having received the silver medal from the League of American Bicyclists. Nearly 60 miles of public trails wind around Hilton Head, with 50 miles of additional private resort paths that you may be able to access for a small fee.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous and want to feel the ocean spray on your face as you ride, you can head out on the beach. That’s right, Hilton Head’s beaches have compact sand so you can ride your bike right along the low tide line. While you can do this with almost any bike, a number of companies around Hilton Head offer rental bikes specifically made for riding on the sand.
An Active Retirement Community in South Carolina
Our goal at the Cypress of Hilton Head is to create an active and fun-loving environment for our residents. Set within a secure and gorgeous waterfront neighborhood, our continuing care retirement community fosters a country club-like atmosphere and promotes a lively and vivacious lifestyle for our retirees. Please contact us today to learn more about our amenities and activities and find out why the Cypress of Hilton Head is the perfect place to spend your retirement.