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Cycling, is it your Fountain of Youth?

Old 08-25-17, 05:41 AM
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Same story....Riding and my gym time are significant contributors to keeping my blood sugar and blood pressure numbers down. I've dropped quite a bit of weight, and I have a lot less aches pains than I did before I started riding again.

I have a goal weight to hit this year, and when I do, I'm going to celebrate by riding my first century.
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Old 08-25-17, 11:23 AM
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I don't know about reversing the effects of aging, but I do know that many other people in my age group who do not cycle and eat healthy, are feeling the effects of aging more than I am.

I have a few friends who smoke, exercise very little, and eat a lot of unhealthy foods. They don't like to walk, hike, or ride with me because what I consider a leisurely stroll, they consider a grueling ordeal. It's not that I am some fitness freak (far from it), but the difference between an active lifestyle that includes healthy doses of cycling, and a sedentary lifestyle that includes poor eating habits and worse, is very obvious during shared activities.
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Old 08-25-17, 11:59 AM
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my body doesn't take martial arts well any more. after my shoulder surgery, haven't done much of anything for 5-7 yrs. picked up fixed gear about a month ago and i'm rather happy. i gave up smoking (still vape), gave up drinking (only drink when i'm grilling), and been looking for something to get my blood flowing again. we'll see how long i can stay with my fixed gear. so far i'm loving it, but who knows. fell down few times and i'm still getting back on, so either i really like it or i see it as my last resort as far as physical activity is concerned.
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Old 08-25-17, 12:17 PM
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my body doesn't take martial arts well any more. after my shoulder surgery, haven't done much of anything for 5-7 yrs. picked up fixed gear about a month ago and i'm rather happy. i gave up smoking (still vape), gave up drinking (only drink when i'm grilling), and been looking for something to get my blood flowing again. we'll see how long i can stay with my fixed gear. so far i'm loving it, but who knows. fell down few times and i'm still getting back on, so either i really like it or i see it as my last resort as far as physical activity is concerned.
Give it time. You'll be drinking when working on that fixed gear too. That's a tradition!
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Old 08-25-17, 07:44 PM
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Absolutely. At 60, I am in the best shape of my life including when I played basketball in high school. I weigh at least 20 pounds less as well.
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Old 08-28-17, 05:45 AM
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I think cycling is my fountain of youth, because I think I look, feel, and weigh young but
1) my lower back problems may be exacerbated by cycling, especially at in my ridiculously long and low style
2) cycling facilitates my alcohol drinking which may kill me, via liver cancer for instance
3) I could crash, and burn, at any time
For me, road bike cycling is like "The Picture of Dorian Gray," or Satanist, since it keeps me looking young but facilitates wickedness which may land me in hell at any time soon.

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Old 09-01-17, 07:45 PM
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On the 4th of July, I got invited on a boat ride by a good looking intoxicated divorcee. I'm minding my own business and out of the blue she begins gushing about how studly I am for all to hear. Without the muscles from cycling, she wouldn't have done that. I felt like I was 30.
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Old 09-02-17, 11:25 AM
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On the 4th of July, I got invited on a boat ride by a good looking intoxicated divorcee. I'm minding my own business and out of the blue she begins gushing about how studly I am for all to hear. Without the muscles from cycling, she wouldn't have done that. I felt like I was 30.
You did say she was intoxicated didn't you?
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Old 09-02-17, 11:48 AM
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You did say she was intoxicated didn't you?
That makes her smile a lot and she looks really good when she smiles. I'm really a hunchback ogre, so she really must have tied one on.

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Old 09-04-17, 12:19 PM
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I don't know if its the fountain of youth but in my experience the fittest older people I know for the most part have been serious bike riders.
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Old 09-06-17, 07:39 AM
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It feels like the fountain of youth when I'm around 99.9% of the population.
But with the group I cycle with, I just feel old and slow.
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Old 09-06-17, 10:51 AM
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It feels like the fountain of youth when I'm around 99.9% of the population.
But with the group I cycle with, I just feel old and slow.
Word.
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Old 09-08-17, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Lakerat View Post
On the 4th of July, I got invited on a boat ride by a good looking intoxicated divorcee. I'm minding my own business and out of the blue she begins gushing about how studly I am for all to hear. Without the muscles from cycling, she wouldn't have done that. I felt like I was 30.
I need to hang at the local boat yard more often.
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Old 09-21-17, 07:29 PM
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I have a young niece who is a visiting nurse. She came home for a few days recently, and noticed that I had lost weight, and said that I look "all hunky and stuff" (or something like that). LOL
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Old 09-23-17, 07:04 AM
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I had a personal example of what happens if you dont exercise. My father worked like a dog all his life on the farm. At 65 he retired---------------to his easy chair and TV. Sorry to say that in 3 years he died at 68. I am now more than 10 years older that he was when he passed riding almost 100 miles a week, and am in quite good shape. Yes I would say my bike and trike are my fountain of youth. My BP is usually at 122 over 72, and my resting heart rate is in the high 50s.
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