I am a mechanical engineer born in 1953 with a lifetime interest in outdoor activities and fitness. My lovely wife of 46 years, Karen, and I live in Morgan Hill, Ca, a bit south of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have gone through and rehabbed from three major surgeries: two hip replacements, and a … Continue reading Welcome
I just started riding my upright bike about a week ago. It has been almost 3 weeks since what I call my "TMI procedure", after which I was supposed to avoid sitting on a saddle for a while. At first, I stuck to riding my recumbent, then about a week ago I tried upright but … Continue reading Back to Long Riding on Upright
I saw a specialist on Thursday about the lower leg I injured. He confirmed the x-ray showed no sign of fracture, and thought it was unlikely I have a stress fracture because the symptoms were getting better so fast and there was no pain when he poked and prodded. The radiologist had mentioned there was … Continue reading On The Road To Recovery
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25433861-200-fascia-the-long-overlooked-tissue-that-shapes-your-health/ There is an interesting article about fascia in this month's issue of New Scientist (unfortunately there is a paywall, but you can get a free subscription for three months, which I highly recommend because there are lots of good articles in the magazine). These are connective tissues throughout our bodies, for example, all of … Continue reading The Importance of Fascia in Our Bodies
My lower leg is recovering much faster than expected since my injury the other day. I got the x-ray results back and they were negative. This doesn't prove I don't have a stress fracture because they don't always show up on x-rays. But my recovery has been very fast so far which makes me suspect … Continue reading Fast Recovery!
On Wednesday I was out for my first longer ride standing up to pedal since my Urolift procedure. It's been about a week and a half with no more side effects, so I'm feeling great about that. I'm still not cleared to do strenuous exercise till the 2-week mark which will be next Wednesday. Anderson … Continue reading Another Setback, Soon I’ll Be Rehabbing Again…
This is a very good summary.
One in 10 adults in the United States struggles with depression, and antidepressant medications are a common way to treat the condition. However, pills aren’t the only solution. Research shows that exercise is also an effective treatment. “For some people it works as well as antidepressants, although exercise alone isn’t enough for someone with severe depression,” says Dr. Michael Craig Miller, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
The exercise effect
Exercising starts a biological cascade of events that results in many health benefits, such as protecting against heart disease and diabetes, improving sleep, and lowering blood pressure. High-intensity exercise releases the body’s feel-good chemicals called endorphins, resulting in the “runner’s high” that joggers report. But for most of us, the real value is in low-intensity exercise sustained over time. That kind of activity spurs the release of proteins called neurotrophic or growth factors…
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Our hills have gone from green over to brown, although we call it "golden" in California. They'll stay this way for several months now until late autumn when the rains return. I remember a few decades ago someone visiting from Minnesota said "how come you call them 'golden'? Our hills look just like these in … Continue reading The Hills Have Turned “Golden”
https://borneobulletin.com.bn/the-active-grandparent-hypothesis/ Humans are meant to keep active as we age, according to the "active grandparent" hypothesis put forth by evolutionary researchers . We have a significantly longer lifespan than our close cousins the chimpanzees, who also happen to be considerably more sedentary. One of the study authors, Dr. Daniel Lieberman, observing chimpanzees in the wild … Continue reading We Shouldn’t Take It Easy As We Age
It has been known for a while that high-fat meals can temporarily impair artery function by causing constriction of the arteries. This is usually demonstrated in the arm (brachial artery) because that is the easiest to measure. It was also made famous in the movie The Gamechangers because it can impair function in an organ … Continue reading Fast Food and Coronary Artery Function
Last October I mentioned I'd had a urinary tract infection that took a stout round of antibiotics to kick. My urologist suspected benign prostate hyperplasia, a condition where the prostate is restricting the ureter, and was concerned this put me at risk for future UTIs. It's also kind of a nuisance because it often makes … Continue reading Some More Tiny Prosthetic Parts Installed Today