For most of my post-collegiate years I jogged for exercise. Intermittently, during those same years I had pain in my lower back. I slept on a water bed which seemed to help. When we traveled and I slept on a traditional bed my back killed me. So, I assumed, my remedy for lower back pain was, a water bed.
Things changed when the kids became older. I ran less and less. I still played racket ball and lifted weights. Several years went by and I noticed my back pain became less frequent.
Then, 7 years ago, a friend invited me to ride bikes with him so, I did. One day he announced that we were going to ride in an organized, “century ride”. When I found out that translated to “100 miles” I just laughed. He didn’t. We worked out around the Hollister, CA foothills and several months later I rode in my first century ride.
I have noticed that I’ve had virtually no back pain during these same years while cycling. And, my wife is much happier having a traditional bed – which works for me too, no pain. So here’s my unofficial diagnosis: “jogging – bad” (on lower back); “cycling – good“.
Cycling is a great sport and attracts lots of interesting people. The health benefits seem to follow the diet and exercise more common to cyclists. I read this article and thought it might be interesting if you are wondering about the right exercise for you.
What remedies for exercise and body comfort have you found?