Muni helps age-related brain power?

I posted this a couple of months ago on Facebook Redirecting... suggesting that riding muni is good for your brain, especially for aging riders (and we all are). We could all use that, and have safety gear for the corporal punishment from UPDs haha

From the Facebook post so the text can be referred to and quoted without leaving this page.

It is well documented that hiking or walking on trails with uneven surfaces is more beneficial for the retention of balance and cognitive abilities for older people than walking on flat surfaces, as it engages more areas of the brain and associated muscular-skeletal motor function.

Since studies on unicycling (ie: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-40533-6/ ) show definite neurological benefits from riding a unicycle, my experience leads me to believe that off-road unicycling (muni) could be even more beneficial for the aging brain than flatland unicycling or hiking.

Requiring constant mental and physical recalibration of the relationship between the body, the unicycle, complex terrain and obstacles (rocks and roots, etc.), each ride (even if repeated on the same trail) presents a new set of challenges with each change of trajectory, lighting conditions, season, and/or the weather - all at riding speed.

Muni isn’t a mainstream sport, especially in my age cohort (67), so there isn’t a large enough demographic to study it’s benefits on neurological (and physical) health in ageing. I don’t expect any studies to be done anytime soon, but I believe I’m onto something here, and will definitely keep trail riding as long as I can.

Because I average at least one good face-plant every couple of outings (see photo), I’d also like to give a big shout out to everyone who went before me to develop the sport, which has given me the benefits of access to an excellent uni (KH24), and great safety gear (KH Percussion leg armour; Hillbilly gloves (full finger); 5/10 Stealth boots; bike helmet). Thanks to one and all!

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Being born in 1948 and an avid supporter of Muni I agree with what you say.
Muni has been great for my mind (“Zen” effect, less stress) and my heart (very low rythm) the only negative point is that I tend to have worse UPD (happily the ICU nearby is well staffed :grin: - and free :wink: !- )

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