TCI Friday works best when you join the conversation. Say what you think. Disagree. It’s all good.
I’m worried about you. I thought of a lot of other ways to open this week’s TCIF, but at root, I realized it just comes down to this. I’m worried about your health and your future. This is, of course, a projection of my worry for myself. We are, at our cores, self-centered, no? But hopefully we learn to extrapolate from our own experiences some sense of empathy and care for others.
Take what I’m about to say, and ask, in that way. I care.
So I’m going to talk about running, and the reason is not because I love running (I do), but because bone density. After you exit puberty, you no longer add calcium to your bones. They’re as strong as they’re going to get. You can maintain calcium levels dietarily up to a point, but we all lose calcium and by extension bone density as we get older.
One way to slow that process is to do weight bearing exercise, and that means running, more or less.
When my friend Phil Cavell told me he ran one day a week for this exact reason, I thought, “Well hell, if Phil is running, everyone should be running.” Phil is one of the bikiest people in the world. He’s ridden more, raced more, sold more, fitted more, thought more and wrapped his life more around the bicycle than almost anyone I know. He literally wrote the book for aging cyclists.
Phil runs. And so should you. It doesn’t need to be a lot, a couple or three miles once a week. I suggest trail running. It’s way more entertaining, peaceful and easier on joints that maybe haven’t run in a long time. Get good shoes. Commit. You’ll be glad later.
This week’s TCI Friday asks, do you run? If not, is this something you’d consider? Do you ever worry that just riding bikes (which is so fun) isn’t enough to support your overall health? If you don’t run, but do some other weight bearing thing, what is it? Is this thing even on?