Cycling is my wonder-drug [1]

Hey, spammers — I don't need your snake oil. I've got the real thing! I've got cycling!

Cycling:

  • helped me lose weight fast. 12 hours cycling a week is over 7000 calories burned - that's two pounds of fat.
  • keeps my blood sugar under control. Exercise increases the sensitivity of skeletal muscle to insulin.
  • fixed my insomnia.
  • relieves mild depression. Nothing lifts my mood like the endorphine hit from a good hard hill climb.
  • safely suppresses appetite. I have documentation that shows on average I eat less on days I go cycling
  • makes food taste better!

and no, I don't need any V1GERA or whatever the current deliberate mis-spelling is...

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[1] I am not a physician, and this is not medical advice. Consult your primary care doctor before starting or modifying an exercise program.

Comments:

I have quick question about cycling. Did you have difficulty continuing to cycle uphill during your initial stage of cycling. Because I recently started cycling and I frequently get down in a steep uphill and tend to push my cycle rather than riding it.

Posted by Amjith on June 09, 2005 at 01:52 PM PDT #

[Trackback] If cycling is Terry's wonder drug , then Terry was my dealer. A few years ago I had a trip to the bay area and wanted a bike to ride to work for the week I was there. So I contacted Terrry to see if he knew where I could hire or borrow one. No ...

Posted by The dot in ... --- ... on June 09, 2005 at 06:06 PM PDT #

Did you have difficulty continuing to cycle uphill during your initial stage of cycling.

Going uphill is the hardest thing you can do on a bike. As well as overcoming rolling resistance and air friction, now you have to supply energy to move yourself up against the earth's gravity. So the sustained power output required is typically quite high. Most people need to train for a while to achieve that, so if you've just started it is quite normal to need to rest or walk on a steep hill.

As you start to work on hills, you'll probably find that one of two things is you limiting factor: either you just can't push the pedals hard enough, or else your heart and lungs can't sustain getting oxygen to your muscles fast enough. Ultimately the second one becomes the limiting factor for people with normal physiology. If you have trouble with leg strength to start with, make sure you are in your lowest gear; consider talking to the bike shop about a lower "granny gear"; and possibly try a few leg exercises at the gym. Once you get to the stage where the heart/lungs side of the equation is the limiting factor, one way to train is to ride just below the point where you are over-extending yourself. This is easier if you have a heart-rate monitor, but you can do it without. Try to ride so you are breathing hard but not panting.

Hope this helps! Keep on cycling!

<FONT size="-3"> I am not a physician, and this is not medical advice. Consult your primary care doctor before starting or modifying an exercise program.</FONT>

Posted by Terry Heatlie on June 10, 2005 at 04:12 AM PDT #

Indeed. It's a miracle. I ride my bike to work every day, and I do longer rides on the weekends. I've got something like 15% body fat, and my cholesterol is down. It's the most amazing thing. Heh. I like your anti-spam thingy below. I wrote my own CAPTCHA, but this is the first time I've seen something like this.

Posted by Stan on June 11, 2005 at 09:52 AM PDT #

Hi, I have just completed 1600 miles on my exercise bike and I have raised £800.00 for orkneyhelpinghands@hotmail.co.uk/ I am also well on my way on my second challenge of 7500 miles from Cochabamba Bolivia (where my daughter works with THE STREET CHILDREN)to Stromness Orkney Islands Scotland. I have covered 1950 miles in 87 hours. If anyone is interested they can follow my trip by exercise bike by logging onto orkneycommunities.co.uk/ohh. I have recently been diagnosed as diabetic and high blood pressure but my work outs on my bike has cut down my bp tablets from 25mgs to 2.5mgs and my diabettes is in check.

Cheers Jim McVean Orkney Scotland

Posted by Jim McVean on July 01, 2008 at 04:14 AM PDT #

Hi Jim, You must be so fit, what age are you ?
Ohno

Posted by Ohno Itshimagain on July 06, 2008 at 12:42 AM PDT #

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