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Old 12-06-07, 07:01 PM   #1
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Passed yearly physical with credos to cycling

The doctor and nurse complemented me on my good blood pressure and 57 pulse rate [still elevated from a cold]. The nurse, in particular, liked my EKG which looked like a test pattern it was so uniform. I expect the cholesterol to come out within the lower range with a good LDL/HDL ratio.
The doctor noted my weight loss and benefits from cycling. Next year's goal is another 15 lbs loss.

I'd say cycling isn't a bad hobby to pick up.
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Old 12-06-07, 07:40 PM   #2
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The doctor and nurse complemented me on my good blood pressure and 57 pulse rate [still elevated from a cold]. The nurse, in particular, liked my EKG which looked like a test pattern it was so uniform. I expect the cholesterol to come out within the lower range with a good LDL/HDL ratio.
The doctor noted my weight loss and benefits from cycling. Next year's goal is another 15 lbs loss.

I'd say cycling isn't a bad hobby to pick up.


Isn't it great to have a good checkup? My doctor tells me if all his patients my age were as healthy as me he would be out of business Like you I can blame it on cycling.
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Old 12-07-07, 12:50 AM   #3
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Congrats on the good results.

Just flew through mine last month also. Doc was pleasantly suprised he could find
nothing wrong. Cholesterol up just a tad (126) great ratio though, guess the eggs,
cheesburgers and beer aren't so bad after all.

Just have to breeze through the colonoscopy after the Holidays (pardon the
pun please).

By the way, none of the Healthcare complexes in my neighborhood have bike racks.
Must be they only want non-healthy clients ?!?!?!
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Old 12-07-07, 12:02 PM   #4
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The doctor and nurse complemented me on my good blood pressure and 57 pulse rate [still elevated from a cold]. The nurse, in particular, liked my EKG which looked like a test pattern it was so uniform. I expect the cholesterol to come out within the lower range with a good LDL/HDL ratio.
The doctor noted my weight loss and benefits from cycling. Next year's goal is another 15 lbs loss.

I'd say cycling isn't a bad hobby to pick up.
Great job!
I have been very much in to fitness for almost 30 years now (off and on prior). I just recently, mid-September, took up biking as I have a herniated disc in my lower back. This means power walking and light jogging is out, as is rowing. So, Doc said biking, as long as I am upright is, or should be, just fine.

So, I went out and bought a comfort bike, Raleigh Venture 4.0. I absolutely love biking, and always did, but my concern is that biking, while providing a multitude of benefits, does virtually nothing for bone density as it is not a weight bearing exercise. I'll deal with that, of course, but is still a concern.

Meanwhile, like you I am burning up the calories and maintaining a nice and low blood pressure and resting heart rate. Biking is a great hobby to pick up!

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Old 12-07-07, 12:04 PM   #5
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Great job!
I have been very much in to fitness for almost 30 years now (off and on prior). I just recently, mid-September, took up biking as I have a herniated disc in my lower back. This means power walking and light jogging is out, as is rowing. So, Doc said biking, as long as I am upright is, or should be, just fine.

So, I went out and bought a comfort bike, Raleigh Venture 4.0. I absolutely love biking, and always did, but my concern is that biking, while providing a multitude of benefits, does virtually nothing for bone density as it is not a weight bearing exercise. I'll deal with that, of course, but is still a concern.

Meanwhile, like you I am burning up the calories and maintaining a nice and low blood pressure and resting heart rate. Biking is a great hobby to pick up!

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AS an addendum, I have even been biking in the recent cold weather we have been experiencing. It's been no problem, other than going up hills with the wind blowing
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Old 12-07-07, 12:20 PM   #7
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AS an addendum, I have even been biking in the recent cold weather we have been experiencing. It's been no problem, other than going up hills with the wind blowing
I find winter biking to be great exercise, though a bit tedious with the extra gear to wear/store/dry. I pushed through the ice/snow (4 miles of unplowed MUP & 4,5 of road) on my MTB yesterday. It was exhausting enough for me to head to bed 2 hours early.

I had planned my annual birthday physical but the appointment got messed up. Instead I did a 41 mile (10 miles short of birthday goal) round trip to get a haircut and a deep cleaning at the dentist. Both the barber and the dentist were very amenable to parking the bike indoors.
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+1000. Me, too.

Congrats, Robtown! Way to go!
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