Over at One Regular Guy Who Writes About Food, Exercise and Living Past 100, Tony writes at the link above about a new study out that shows endurance training, but not resistance training, has anti-aging effects…
It’s about time endurance sports caught a break.
It seems there’s a new report coming out every other day lately misrepresenting a study, going so far as to say cardio makes one fat. They go back to the Paleozoic Era or some craziness to support the notion that, while evolution is a thing, it really isn’t because back when the first people roamed the Serengeti for food, they would have starved to death if cardio was good for losing weight.
Folks, I just have to interject this one bit of sanity here; eating too much is bad for losing weight. Cycling, running, walking, or rowing are fantastic ways to lose weight. Are they the most effective? Now that’s debatable, but I’ll maintain that whatever puts a smile on your face and makes you feel good about exercise is the best. Sure, if I had a home gym, a personal trainer and a chef to cater to my every whim and a $500,000 a month paycheck, now that is the most effective way to lose weight!
Anyone who wants to fund that lifestyle for me – for research purposes, of course, drop a line in the comments section. All serious offers will be considered. Sadly, I won’t be getting a tattoo of your company logo on my forehead in exchange for funding that lifestyle, either, because money is nice but stupid is forever. Anyway, I’ve gone way off on a tangent, so let’s bring the ship back ’round. It’s time endurance sports caught a break…
Folks, there’s something exceptionally rewarding when it comes to endurance sports over your quick and easy high intensity intervals or the gym. It’s not that HIIT and the gym don’t have their place, they obviously do, it’s that heading out for a cruise on the bike and covering 40 miles in a couple of hours – you just see so much! There’s nothing that comes close to that experience in a gym… or in 20 minutes.
Your Soul Best Belong to Jesus, because Your @$$ belongs to Us; How to Know when You’re a(n Avid Enthusiast) Cyclist.
You just bought your first road bike, a Specialized Allez or Trek 1.2, and you’re ready to roll with the big dogs!. You’ve got a couple of pairs of shorts, a jersey or two, mountain bike shoes and pedals and you’re ready to go.
You search the web for local clubs, check out their websites and show up for some rides. Noobs are the lifeblood of a Cycling Club so if you’re close to “decent people”, you make friends quickly.
You’re not hooked quite yet. But the operative word in that last sentence is “yet”.
You find a few rides that you really like and become a regular. You’re invited to weekend, non-club rides and you start having a lot more fun. You feel like you’re part of the Club and you look forward to riding with your new friends.
Now we’ve got you.
You pick up some new wheels, maybe. Book a few trips with your friends. Your spouse sees how much fun you’re having and decides to give it a go…. Then you buy your first carbon fiber bike and your cycling life becomes so much more enjoyable.
Now you’re going on several trips a year with your friends. You’re fit as a fiddle and life has become fun – and that is why cycling is such a draw…
Once you get over the initial work of getting fit, once the training stops hurting so much, and once you find some friends to ride with, living is fun. That’s why folks stay cyclists for much of their lives once they’re hooked (close calls or crashes excepted). It also explains why cycling fanatics are fanatics.
That’s how we hook you. Add to that, your desire to keep up, and you go from that cheap first bike (that you initially thought was outlandishly expensive at the time) to needing something a little more… carbon fiber – and worth more than the car you drive..
At that point it’s all over but the shouting. Welcome to the club.