A study ‘absolves’ this sport: it does not create problems with the prostate. The expert confirms that the benefits are far greater than the possible risks
MEN can rest assured: cycling does not hurt sex. Contrary to the findings of various studies, new research, published in the scientific journal The Journal of Urology , claims that the bicycle does not cause damage to sexual health and in general to the urinary apparatus of men. On the contrary, the results underline that the benefits of riding bikes outweigh the risks considerably.
After comparing information on urinary function and sexual health of 2,774 cyclists, 539 swimmers and 789 runners, the researchers concluded that there are no differences in health conditions among different sportsmen. The only difference is that cyclists are more prone to urethral compression.
• NO RISK ALSO FOR THOSE WHO DO IT OFTEN IN BICYCLE
The study looked at both men who ride bikes once in a while and those who do it intensively, ie more than three times a week for an average of at least 40 kilometers a day. Not even in these cyclists were problems related to the sexual sphere. Why this change of opinion? According to researchers at the University of California, previous studies lacked comparison with other categories of sportsmen and took few people into consideration. “Although the belief that the bicycle could create prostate problems is widespread, in fact already other studies had shown that there are no documented correlations between a greater onset of pathologies of the genitourinary system and cycling,” clarified Fabio Pigozzi , Rector and Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Rome Foro Italico.
• THE BENEFITS OF THE TWO WHEELS
In fact, cycling has many healthy effects: “Riding a bike provides enormous cardiovascular benefits: in fact, if there are no coronary diseases, cycling is a sport that improves cardiovascular health and is suitable for all ages” explains Pigozzi. Furthermore, it has a low impact on the joints. “There is no overload for the spine and the knees, as happens in the race, because part of the weight is discharged through the bicycle, which is very important for those who are overweight, in short, the health benefits enjoyed by cyclists outweigh possible problems “.
• NOT ONLY LEGS
It is often thought that the bike only trains the muscles of the legs. Of course, quadriceps and calves work harder but they are not the only muscles involved. “From the shoulders to the abdominals, the musculature of the whole body is improved, thanks to the effort required to maintain correct posture” explains the sports doctor.
• IS ALSO GOOD FOR THE BRAIN
Riding a bicycle is also good for the head because it is an activity that often takes place in groups and that even in old age can help to socialize avoiding isolation and depression: “Like other sports, cycling allows the production of endorphins, hormones that mitigate fatigue and pain and have a positive effect on mood, plus there is contact with nature “concludes Pigozzi.
Before getting on the two wheels, however, you need a check up: “On the bike you go up after doing the tests of sports fitness and for those over 35 years you also need an electrocardiogram under stress, and then also at the amateur level is good to measure the effort to their own abilities physical, that is, we must be careful to put ourselves in a group with people who have the same level of training without overdoing them to avoid the risk of injury “, concludes the expert.