Movement is life, but for many people at the age it is on the list of unfulfilled desires.
A short distance to the nearest store is still far away, but few people venture on a mini-trip outside the yard or the dacha. Maybe nothing? Today, hiking has alternatives that older people never dreamed of.
Even in old age, maintaining activity does not lose relevance. Of course, simple exercise is always good, but it is much more interesting to expand the horizons of the possible. Bicycles, scooters and scooters that have a third wheel, which makes these vehicles stable, can become indispensable helpers in this.
An excellent means to strengthen the physical condition, is considered a bicycle. But if for many years you haven’t found a common language with a two-wheeled iron horse and he didn’t allow himself to be tamed, then his three-wheeled brother (trike, tricycle) is an excellent way out of the situation that seems to be hopeless at first glance.
– A moderately active bike ride in the fresh air has a beneficial effect on all body systems. There are people, so to speak, of adult age, who are afraid to ride a two-wheeled bicycle, and on a three-wheeled bicycle they do it with pleasure and without fear, ”told the deputy director for scientific work of the Russian Gerontological Research and Clinical Center of the Russian National Research Medical University. N.I. Pirogov, Doctor of Medicine, Professor Yulia Kotovskaya. – Cycling perfectly train the muscles, balance, coordination of movements, improve hearing, speed of reaction and even vision due to the constant focus of the gaze on close and distant objects and quickly transfer the gaze from one object to another. Aged people need aerobic exercise for training the cardiovascular system, so this is also a plus for cycling with any number of wheels.
Cycling not only involves all muscle groups, but also helps to lose the hated excess weight and nourishes the body with oxygen. But in order to achieve a health effect, you need to adhere to a number of rules: drive at least 8 km a day, pedal at a quiet pace for at least an hour and a half (it is better to start the first cycling with 15 minutes, increasing this time day after day), ride away from roadway so as not to inhale exhaust fumes.
The cyclists of wise age, as a rule, are not burdened with work, so it’s not difficult to calculate the time when the park is not crowded. By the way, the price of pleasure does not bite much. The cost of a simple trike with a basket of 15 liters – 17.5-20 thousand rubles. Prices for advanced tricycles can reach up to 70 thousand rubles.
But no matter how cool or the most usual your three-wheeled friend is, you should not forget that many of them have one drawback: they are unstable when cornering. However, if you do not pretend to be Schumacher and turn at low speed, then no trouble will happen.
“Unfortunately, the external conditions are still far from those that already exist in cycle capital such as Amsterdam or Berlin,” adds Yulia Kotovskaya. – It is more comfortable to travel on a tricycle along a wide embankment, for example, Nice, so our tourists are struck by a large number of trikes or other tricycles, driven by older French.
Russian people at the age of such a possibility. Is that they can ride on the embankments of our resort cities or outside the city. As a doctor, I would recommend riding three-wheeled bicycles in parks or, for example, in the country. And I certainly wouldn't advise riding a tricycle in winter. Our streets in the cold season are not meant for this.
NOT ONLY THE HEART OF THE FLAME MOTOR
Self-confident bike riders will certainly appreciate electric tricycles. True, riding on them will require maximum concentration while driving, but you will not have to pedal.
At the same time, scientists claim that the therapeutic benefits of riding an electric cycle also exist. For mental health, at least, because the use of electrostrike strengthens self-confidence and self-esteem in a person, which is important for senior citizens.
The cost of tricycles with a motor starts from 28.5 thousand rubles. and reaches 100 thousand. Charging the battery lasts for 35-49 km, it takes 4-7 hours to fully charge.
If you can put it that way, the closest relatives of electrocycles are electric scooters and electric scooters.
Initially, scooters and scooters had two wheels, the development of technologies for the production of batteries made it possible to create an electric scooter that developed a fairly decent speed, and later, to satisfy the desires of a lazy, slow-moving or not able to ride a two-wheeler, vehicles were added another wheel. And if before the Russians at the age of 50+, traveling around Europe, turned with envy on the sleek peers, carelessly passing by on self-propelled wonder-transport, now they themselves can ride any three-wheeled vehicle with a motor. There would be a desire and the necessary amount.
City electric scooters with a seat that develops speeds of up to 25-30 km / h (and you don’t need more for the city) cost from 20 thousand rubles. The cost of high-end scooters comes to 99 thousand. Walking electric scooter can be purchased for at least 35 thousand rubles. And if at a discount, then that is cheaper. There are very expensive models, but here, as they say, a matter of taste and financial capabilities.
However, it does not matter how much will be spent on an easy-to-drive vehicle that does not require a driver's license. The main thing is that with its help older people become more mobile, can independently go where they want and be active in social life. The human body is so plastic that it responds with gratitude even to a little self-care.
Move, give a regular load to the muscles and breathe fresh air, not only weeding the beds in the country. Just do not overdo it: do everything with the mind and faith in your own strength.