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Old 08-14-05, 02:48 PM   #1
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Variety IS the spice of life!

"Variety in activities, not exercise intensity, reduces the risks of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, says a Johns Hopkins study."
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiat...Disease/tb/897


"Volunteers were asked about the duration and frequency of 15 common physical activities in older adults, and researchers found that those doing the widest variety -- including such sedentary activities as playing cards -- were less likely to develop dementia. "It's not necessarily the energy you spend," said Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist and lead author of the study, Dr. Constantine Lyketsos. "It's the variety that matters.""
http://www.newstarget.com/007737.html


""We don't yet know why this association exists or what causes it. It could well be that maintaining a variety of activities keeps more parts of the brain active, or that this variety reflects better engagement in both physical and social activities. Confirmation of this association in future studies may provide an additional impetus for people to remain or become engaged in several physical and other leisure activities later in life," says Constantine G. Lyketsos, M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins and senior author on the report."
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0414143602.htm


So ... besides cycling ... what else do you do?
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Old 08-14-05, 03:02 PM   #2
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How about different types of cycling......do those count?...
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Old 08-14-05, 03:04 PM   #3
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How about different types of cycling......do those count?...

I'd say so ... after all when I go snowbiking on trails with my mtn bike in January, that is QUITE a different experience from when I'm on my road bicycle riding a century in June!
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Or it could be that those that are not suffering from dementia are able to do a wider variety of activities.

My great-grandmother was very active in a wide variety of activities before she started suffering from Alzheimer's. So were her two sons in their lives, and her daughter (my grandmother) as well.

My stepfather's mother played golf, had two bridge circles she played in, travelled frquently, and was really active up until about 2 years ago, and there's no polite way to describe her condition...she's toast.
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I do like other activites, even though I almost have to force myself off the bike to do them. One of my favorite afternoons is to ride to a lake near my house, rent a rowboat and row for an hour. Then sometimes I just drift on the lake for another hour. I love canoing (but can't spell it!) and have done that more consistently through my life.

I also like to ride to the hiking trail and hike for a while. Walking relaxes me in a way not even cycling does, with it's easy rhythm and slow pace. I think walking (or running, which I just don't enjoy) is important to balance the leg muscles and possibly lessen knee and hip problems with aging. Plus, walking is, when all is said and done, the basic form of human transportation.

I ride my bike slightly less in the winter, and spend some of that extra time lifting weights. I don't enjoy this intrinsically, but I do like the power I gain and I think I look nicer too. This winter I intend to try snowshoeing (same spelling problem) for the first time.

I love walking on the ice for mile after mile (even up to 15 miles in one short winter day!), on our rivers and lakes. In fact, "icewalking" is the only thing I might enjoy more than cycling. I can hardly wait!

Machka--you are such a great cyclist. What other activities do you enjoy?
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Old 08-14-05, 08:49 PM   #6
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Machka--you are such a great cyclist. What other activities do you enjoy?
<<blush>>

Well, during the summer I also do quite a bit of walking, and I try to get out and do some hiking as well. Sometimes I combine cycling with walking or hiking ... I ride out to some trails somewhere and then hike them.

During the winter, I do snowbiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, riding my trainer, weightlifting, and yoga.

For less active activities, I am a poor but enthusiastic photographer. I take lots of photos, but the quality probably leaves a lot to be desired. I love reading. I dabble in writing. I research stuff, especially having to do with fitness and nutrition. I take classes, and this fall I'm actually returning to University full time. I travel. I enjoy camping ........
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that's why i need to keep getting more bikes, variety.
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