For the first time ever, at 57 years old, I've had less than a stellar physical. My blood pressure is up, my cholesterol is high and my blood sugar was high. 2 years ago my blood pressure was borderline high, but everything else was fine.
My doctor's prescription? Eat less red meat and cheese, cut the salt, lose weight, and RIDE LOTS! She didn't want to prescribe anything else for another few months to see if riding brings it under control. I went straight to the bike shop from the office and bought a new pair of shoes and cleats that I've needed for a year now, but didn't buy because I wasn't riding enough.
I now have a doctor's note to go ride when I want.