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 have been interested in what constitutes "too much of a good thing" with endurance exercise for some time. I first discussed it in my post "How Much Exercise Is Too Much?" and gave an update on it here. I recently came across an article in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients that gave an interesting insight into … Continue reading New Insight On Excessive Endurance Training and Health- The Role of Healthy Diet
This is an interesting finding. I prefer exercising in the morning because it is a great day to start the day. Also the longer in the day I wait, the easier it is to come up with excuses!
Morning physical activity is associated with the lowest risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study in more than 85,000 individuals published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology. The findings were consistent regardless of the total amount of daily activity.
“It is well established that exercise is good for heart health, and our study indicates that morning activity seems to be most beneficial,” said study author Ms. Gali Albalak of Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands. “The findings were particularly pronounced in women, and applied to both early birds and night owls.”
The study used data from the UK Biobank. It included 86,657 adults aged 42 to 78 years who were free of cardiovascular disease at baseline. The average age was 62 years and 58% were women. Participants wore an activity tracker…
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My e-bike was getting a tune-up when I went on this week's group ride, and we were going on a route without too much climbing, so I decided to take my recumbent. There were no e-bikes on the ride, just me and nine other people on uprights. I was always right up at the front … Continue reading Interesting Recumbent vs Upright Result
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11714334 The National Geographic channel is streaming an enjoyable series "Limitless" starring Chris Hemsworth, about measures we can take for healthy aging. It is dramatized by Chris taking on challenges in various geographic locations in each episode. There are also background stories of other people who exemplify the theme of each episode in their lives. … Continue reading Limitless
I've described recently that I'm trying to find the cruising pace that maximizes relaxation and enjoyment, which it turns out is also a good aerobic training pace. Lately, I've been going on this kind of ride two or three times a week for about two hours. Today I pushed it to 2:45. This pace also … Continue reading Long Sunday Ride
Since rain is confined to one season, usually late fall through spring, in our area, it gets really dry in the summer. This has been made worse in recent years because of our drought. So I always look forward to having the hillsides turn green after the first rains of the year. I was happy … Continue reading Morning Ride- First Hint of Green in Our Hills
Our autumn colors are pretty much at their peak now so I've been enjoying them on my rides. Yesterday was an easy recovery day because I went for a long and hard ride on Sunday. It was a pleasant amble in the local area on my recumbent.
We got our first really good rainstorm of the season a couple of days ago, totaling almost two inches in Morgan Hill, which was more than welcome with our ongoing drought conditions. It was still raining solidly in the morning when I went for my ride. So I took my Vado which has fenders and … Continue reading Testing My Rain Gear
The temperature was brisk when I set out, and I also set a brisk pace. I rode 43 miles out and back to Hellyer velodrome on the Coyote Creek trail. The fall colors are nearing their peak around here so the scenery was beautiful. On the way back I ran into a gorgeous bobcat on … Continue reading Brisk Coyote Creek Outing
Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter An article in the October 2022 Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter describes how the same measures that we can take to be heart-healthy also help keep our brains healthy. This includes a good interview with Dr. Mitchell Elkind, a co-author of the chapter on brain health in the American Heart … Continue reading Heart-Healthy is Brain Healthy- Tufts