Well, I've been back on my bike for a year now....after two years off for back surgery. Before that, I only rode occassionally because of so much back pain. This went on for over a decade, just riding casually and short distances because my back couldn't take it. Thanks to a bad "adjustment", the problem became critical and I was rushed into surgery in 2003.
Anyway....I've noticed that since I've been back on my bike regularly my overall health has changed and I was wondering if anyone else has recently started riding again...or for the first time...and noticed any changes.
-My blood pressure has gone back to an average of 110/70. My heartrate has shown the biggest improvement.
-It only takes me about ten minutes to donate blood instead of twenty. (I'm a regular donor). The technician at the ARC said that people who excercise regularly have the least amount of problems donating.
-I haven't had to use a sick day at work for the past year...well, not one that I was really sick. I thought that it was "age" that was getting to me because I never called in sick when I was in my 20's and early 30's. It turns out, when looking back, it was my late 30's that I gave up riding regularly. I can only surmise that riding regularly has improved my resistance to colds and the flu virus.
-My legs have toned up and my wife really likes that. She says I have pretty legs.
-I breathe easier and get a better night's sleep.
-I've lost 3-4 inches off my waistline and dropped 15lbs.