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Old 05-26-08, 05:09 AM   #1
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About growing older...

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So I'm a relatively young guy, and pretty fit due to lots of cycling and keeping active. However, every time I look around where I live (New York City) and where I've worked, I see that many full-fledged adults who were active in their younger years have had other things to worry about (marriage, pregnancy, real life problems, etc), and their health has been the first to get hit hard. It's very common, if not average, to see adult men overweight or worse.

That makes me really worried. Has anyone had those fears when they were younger, and what steps were taken to avoid going down that path? I know it really sounds like a dumb question, but this is actually one of my biggest concerns.

Thanks!
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I'm married with two kids, a job, a house, blah, blah, blah. I'm also pushing 40.

What motivates me is staying competitive. Racing against the younger, skinny guys keeps my mind on track. I have to train hard, eat clean, and stay mentally focused. Well the third one isn't that great. But, I'm leaner than I was when I first got married 10 years ago. I weigh between 170-173 and at 6' with a good bit of muscle left over from weight lifting, I'd say I'm pretty lean looking.

I actually think you have to have sort of an obsessive attitude toward it. To maintain your goals, you know. I upset a lot of people because of my eating and riding habits.
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I know it's a bit obsessive, but I'm just worried about it, as a lot of my family were sort of like me (pretty active in one field), and then just lost a lot of their fitness over time.

Plus, I really love cycling now, but I usually tend to jump between interests extremely quickly. I can't count how many things I've tried and moved on from over the years. I guess this is me just hoping that I don't let cycling become one of these (and the several road scars I have will remind me of it at the very least!)
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I know it's a bit obsessive, but I'm just worried about it, as a lot of my family were sort of like me (pretty active in one field), and then just lost a lot of their fitness over time.

Plus, I really love cycling now, but I usually tend to jump between interests extremely quickly. I can't count how many things I've tried and moved on from over the years. I guess this is me just hoping that I don't let cycling become one of these (and the several road scars I have will remind me of it at the very least!)
do you worry about the world coming to an end?
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Everyday I ride I see this 60+ dude passing me at warp speeds. I try to sprint and catch him and he yells "Oh no you won't!" and slowly disappears on the horizon. I guess life is what you make out of it, at any age.
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Hey!

So I'm a relatively young guy, and pretty fit due to lots of cycling and keeping active. However, every time I look around where I live (New York City) and where I've worked, I see that many full-fledged adults who were active in their younger years have had other things to worry about (marriage, pregnancy, real life problems, etc), and their health has been the first to get hit hard. It's very common, if not average, to see adult men overweight or worse.

That makes me really worried. Has anyone had those fears when they were younger, and what steps were taken to avoid going down that path? I know it really sounds like a dumb question, but this is actually one of my biggest concerns.

Thanks!
This happened to my stepdad, and he's back on his bike on the orders of his physician. I've got some friends who are either walking down the same road and aren't seeing what they're doing to themselves or who are slowly realizing it right now. My random observations:
  • Never use food as comfort when you're feeling sad, angry, etc.
  • Never put a television in your bedroom.
  • Never stop being physically active. Never stop riding your bike.
  • Find a partner/wife who, if she doesn't rider herself, is supportive of your riding.
  • When you're stressed out at work or in your marriage/relationship, ride your bike.
  • When your partner/wife complains about it, ride your bike.
  • When children come into your life, get a kiddie trailer and ride your bike. Teach your children that physical activity is normal and part of everyday life.
  • When your life responsibilities seem to crowd out time on your bike, get creative. Find a way to bike commute, make all possible trips less than 5 miles from your home by bike or by foot - whatever it takes.
  • Never stop moving. This is the true killer of many Americans.
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