I felt a sudden, sharp pain run through my whole body, as I had just broken a bone.
I bent over to pick up my grandson when my family was visiting.
And there it was. I felt weak and lost control – dropping him directly on the carpet.
The whole room fell silent.
His mom rushed over and, thankfully, he was safe.
I don’t even want to talk about how embarrassing it was for me.
From that time, things only got worse.
It felt like my joints were constantly screaming out in pain, and every time they would pop, I would replay that moment in my head.
I knew I had to do something; otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to move at all after some time. And being over 50lbs overweight certainly wasn’t helping.
Now, I’m not the type of person who likes to brag about his accomplishments. In fact, I’m a very private person on most days.
But I thought that this story might help someone in a similar situation.
So, here’s how I went from my bones cracking all the time and being held down by my weight to getting slimmer, healthier, and cycling my way out of arthritis at the age of 64.
My joints felt like they were going to wear out any time soon
Looking at my friends, I thought putting on sudden weight was normal.
Bit of belly flab here. Some underarm and armpit fat there. And that stubborn double chin.
Almost all of my friends looked like this. So, I didn’t think much of it.
But it wasn’t until the regular pain in my knees that I became concerned.
I knew that all of my extra weight wasn’t helping and that I should act on it. I just didn’t have any motivation to start. Especially when I was in pain all the time.
Luckily, my son wasn’t taking any excuses from me.
“Look, do you want to pick up your grandkids properly again? Go to a doctor. Just get it looked at.”
And, well, long story short – the doctor told me something along the lines of:
“These snapping sounds are mostly harmless. Age contributes to joints cracking, and the cartilage starts to wear down. If you do feel sharp pain, however, I recommend being more physically active. Consider losing weight and doing low-impact activities like swimming, walking, biking…”
Every time my joints would crack again, I felt like time was running out.
I knew I had to take immediate action.
And I learned something surprisingly insightful about losing weight in your 60s, even if it felt like I should have learned this sooner…
Let me explain:
Why it’s much harder to lose weight with age
There’s a reason people in their “golden years” have trouble losing weight.
Your metabolism slows down and it’s easier to gain weight. Most weight loss programs aren’t designed for your body either.
I realized this when I started going to the gym.
I was just blindly following my gym instructor, doing some joint-friendly exercises, and spending a lot of time on the treadmill.
No one said losing weight was going to be fun.
But I knew this wasn’t something I could commit to for long.
Then, something random happened, which I’m still grateful for to this day:
How I stopped my joints “clicking” and found a healthy solution for weight loss that finally worked
Sometimes, I wonder what my life would have been like if I hadn’t made that decision to stop for coffee after work that day…
Inside the cafe, I saw a friend I hadn’t seen in a while.
There was Albert, standing in front of me, looking slim as ever with all this flashy, new athletic getup. I have never seen him look so radiant before.
After explaining to him that I was coming back from the gym, it was like he could smell my defeat.
But he didn’t bring it up, thankfully.
Instead, he invited me to go for a light cycle that weekend. He had a spare bike and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
I didn’t even think a bike would have been able to withstand my weight. I thought it would just hurt me even more.
But fine, I thought. I wanted to see what he was doing.
Once I got over the embarrassment, though, the weekend went great!
I didn’t even feel a whole lot of pain, as it was all fairly low-impact, simply lubricating the joints, as he put it.
On the way back, he did reveal something important, very matter-of-factly:
“I have been using this app to help me improve my cycling progress and my health in general,” he said.
I explained that I had already tried cycling at the gym without any results.
But he was adamant about the whole thing.
“Trust me, Fred. You didn’t see results because you were probably just cycling aimlessly for a bit. It’s not your fault. This app designs the entire program based on your age, health, joint conditions, and so on. You remember what I looked like before. See how much it helped?”
The way he accelerated away, I could tell he wasn’t joking about this whole cycling thing.
So I came back home and started doing my own research on this program. And I found a few interesting things.
To say it gave me a new lease on life would probably be an understatement.
The personalized cycling plan that saved me from arthritis
I don’t often admit I was wrong. But the Cycling.Diet app fits like a glove.
And that’s because it’s not for “just anyone.”
Before you’re even allowed to see the fitness plan, they ask you about 20 questions to get a feel of your situation.
When their free quiz was asking me questions about my body condition or any injuries, I felt like they were on to something.
I remember thinking, “Finally, someone who listens!”
And unlike other fitness plans that only tell you what to do, Cycling.Diet actually educates you about health and fitness.
For example, I learned that for many seniors, casual walking can cause forces up to three times your body weight across both knees, while running can be as much as five and a half times.
Cycling, meanwhile, is an exercise that places very little pressure on joints.
But I think the best thing about Cycling.Diet is that it’s a program designed for the long term.
Because with this app, I get to enjoy the great outdoors every weekend, ride outside in the fresh air and get a healthy dose of vitamin D.
It’s not something I have to “force” myself to do, like going to the gym.
Now, with over 41lbs lost and a new lease on life, I know for a fact this is something I’ll be committing to for the long term.
As for my joints, the pain is mostly gone.
I can pick up my grandson and spin him around with a huge grin on my face.
Every now and then, I do get the occasional joint click. But now, it only serves as a reminder as to what my life was like before I started cycling.
And it just reminds me of how my crazy journey began with a free quiz about cycling recommended to me by a friend.
Now being on the other side, I can only recommend Cycling.Diet to those who want to turn their lives around.
Losing weight is only the first step.
Whether you want to play with your grandchildren, lose the belly flab, or simply go up the stairs again without running out of breath, I’m confident Cycling.Diet can help you achieve your goals.
Results may vary due to personal features.