Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

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Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby dontazame » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:40 pm

I got back into road biking in a serious way two years ago. Still surprised how good it is for overal health and welbing. Regret not doing it earlier. I often wonder if there is something else right under my nose that I am currently ignoring, and will regret not picking up earlier.
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Postby KonaCommuter » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:28 pm

dontazame wrote:I got back into road biking in a serious way two years ago. Still surprised how good it is for overal health and welbing. Regret not doing it earlier. I often wonder if there is something else right under my nose that I am currently ignoring, and will regret not picking up earlier.



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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby il padrone » Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:32 pm

Kayaking or rowing. Great for upper body work-out.

Cross-country skiing is very, very similar to cycling - aerobic, solid work-out on the climbs, excitement on the descents. You even have parallels in ski-touring (cycletouring), skating (road riding) and XCD/telemarking (MTB trail riding/DH). I use a lot of my winter cycling clothing (tights, windstopper fleece jackets, full gloves) for XC skiing.
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Postby Daus » Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:43 am

Yes I have been there and now at least a couple of times a week I can be found on my paddle board or wave ski- great cardio and I don't hurt myself when I crash plus it helps get my mind right and as it is very peaceful floating out past the wave zone- total relaxation no noise except the water lapping against the board. I also joined a gym a couple of years ago and do a fair amount of cardio with a little resistance work then go for a swim.
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Postby dynamictiger » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:22 am

+1 Swimming

But then I am probably biased. I cycle to improve my swimming.
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Postby brentono » Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:09 am

For Ultimate Fitness (FME) Swimming is the "Yin" to Cycling's "Yang"
They compliment perfectly.
And for balance, strength, meditation and development of 'Chi'
try Tai Chi to relax after both, of the above.
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Postby foo on patrol » Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:32 am

I used to love water skiing and could have gotten into that quite easily if not for the cycling bug. Doing the endurance stuff though, like the bridge to bridge on the Murray. :mrgreen:

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Postby Mulger bill » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:14 am

Nothing is as good as riding, NOTHING! :D
Swimming is a distant but still closer than anything else next best.
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Postby il padrone » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:31 am

Sea kayaking is something I'd really love to do one day. The sorts of voyages they make go to some amazing locations and there is a strong similarity to the camping and travel routines of cycle-touring. 'cept they can easily carry up to 2 weeks of food and gear in the kayak :o

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Postby Rhubarb » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:06 pm

dontazame wrote:I got back into road biking in a serious way two years ago. Still surprised how good it is for overal health and welbing. Regret not doing it earlier. I often wonder if there is something else right under my nose that I am currently ignoring, and will regret not picking up earlier.


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Postby elStado » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:51 pm

Surfing/bodyboarding. Great fun and good exercise too. Just watch out for those sharks. :O
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Postby stanzarallyman » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:17 pm

Sex and rally driving. These are the only two things I can think off.
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Postby jacks1071 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:59 pm

stanzarallyman wrote:Sex and rally driving. These are the only two things I can think off.


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Postby MarkG » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:00 pm

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Postby trainedmonkey » Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:55 pm

Martial Arts? Similar in some ways to cycling as you get a good workout and get to meet some great people.
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Postby paladin » Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:38 pm

stanzarallyman wrote:Sex and rally driving. These are the only two things I can think off.


At the same time? :roll:
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Postby roller » Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:39 pm

recently added yoga into the mix.

a surprisingly tough workout and very relaxing at the same time.

plus good for flexibility , which can be an issue for heavy users (of cycling)
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Postby Lukeyboy » Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:35 pm

I'd like to do yoga but I don't trust my farts.
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Postby foo on patrol » Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:02 pm

I forgot the other thing.short circuit side car racing. yaahooo. :mrgreen:

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Postby Ozkaban » Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:07 pm

il padrone wrote:Sea kayaking is something I'd really love to do one day. The sorts of voyages they make go to some amazing locations and there is a strong similarity to the camping and travel routines of cycle-touring. 'cept they can easily carry up to 2 weeks of food and gear in the kayak :o

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This one (well, almost this one) worries me. My brother is into kayaking (or surf skiing??). He just completed his first Murray Marathon full distance on his own on one of those Epic skis. Looks awesome fun but I've been bitten pretty hard by cycling. dunno if I could afford another such sport!
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Postby RonK » Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:45 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Nothing is as good as riding, NOTHING! :D
Swimming is a distant but still closer than anything else next best.

Cross-country skiing also ranks highly I think.
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Postby jimsheedy » Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:04 pm

elStado wrote:Surfing/bodyboarding. Great fun and good exercise too. Just watch out for those sharks. :O


Surfing is not something one should attempt to get fit. You need to be fit for surfing. And past a certain age it is unlikely one would ever become even vaguely proficient at it.
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Postby fatdudeonabike » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:13 pm

dontazame wrote:I got back into road biking in a serious way two years ago. Still surprised how good it is for overal health and welbing. Regret not doing it earlier. I often wonder if there is something else right under my nose that I am currently ignoring, and will regret not picking up earlier.


I realised the same thing when I recently got back on the bike for the first time in years!
+1 for swimming. After a back injury (and after spending 10 years eating), swimming was the first thing I started doing for health and fitness. Its probably not quite as fun as riding but you can make it interesting. For me, I manage to look at that black line for 1-2kms most days because I want to do some open water "fun swims".
Getting myself a bike was really only because its something that wont damage my back, its good for health and fitness, and because it provided some variety to the black line... much to my surprise, I found it cycling infinitely more fun than swimming! Although I can swim a lot better than I can cycle at this stage.
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Re: Anything as (or near) good as cycling?

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:30 pm

RonK wrote:
Mulger bill wrote:Nothing is as good as riding, NOTHING! :D
Swimming is a distant but still closer than anything else next best.

Cross-country skiing also ranks highly I think.

Never tried it but going on previous Alpine experience I'd be very wet and sore inside of ten minutes :oops:
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Postby duds2u » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:53 pm

RonK wrote:
Mulger bill wrote:Nothing is as good as riding, NOTHING! :D
Swimming is a distant but still closer than anything else next best.

Cross-country skiing also ranks highly I think.


I cross country ski raced for 12 years and it is right up there with cycling.

If you have done the training for either and on a good day with well prepped skis (well prepped bike) and good snow ( good road surface) they are both pretty close to heaven.
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