No secret got busted up real bad in 2010 and totaled my 07 LT.
Diet and exercise.
You hear and see it all the time and just blow it off.
62 years old.
Well from 239 to 189 over a year's period of time.
Gym 3 times a week also.
No Jenny Craig or Richard Simmons just pushing back from the table. PORTION CONTROL. Look at the size of your portions. Yes in America everyone is getting Obese! More fiber, fruit, vegetables. I still burn a steak on the grill and it is chared a bit on the outside and pink on the inside. I eat a piece of peanut butter cake, just a 2 inch sliver.
The strength training in the gym gives a lot of confidence not only on the bike but in normal everyday life. Legs and core work has made me more comfortable moving and man handling the bike for sure. Also the strength shows in gripping the tank with my knees, and supporting some weight on the pegs when needed. Arms, abs, and back help in sitting the bike in the correct posture.
Small stuff like park away and walk at stores, take the dogs for walks instead of just letting them out your back door.
The other benefit is mental and nothing makes you feel better then a good work out. It is the taking time for yourself and concentrating on YOU! Trust me when I tell you I was and am really messed up physically and mentally, we all go through our own mental hell.
Put a few colors of food on your plate, look at the size of what you are eating, get some exercise, and EVERYTHING in moderation. You can have just about anything you want to eat or drink, you just have to moderate how often.
Baby steps doing fun stuff and you soon see the benefits and feel them even more.
Just so you know this is me from 2010. In addition on that get off in the Bad Lands, I had a broken right wrist they put a plate in with 9 screws, broken left ankle, and 3 broken ribs. They took some of my hip bone and put it in my neck to help bone growth.
So in 1964 I was hit by a car, thrown over the parked cars and landed on the sidewalk. My shoes were left in the street I was hit that hard. Three months in the hospital, and a month of inter venous feeding as I could not eat/digest solid food.
In 1989 I was blown off a piece of heavy equipment and broke my back in 3 places. Did not work for 2 years.
2010 The accident in the Bad Lands.
2015 Calcaneus heel fracture and compressed 1 vertebra. Of course it was a month after I bought the 15 RT so it was 6 months of no riding and close to a year for a "healing" of sorts.
So you can carry on but it does take a bit of effort on your part. So as I got older and heavier and the aches and pains kept increasing over a period of the last ten years have gotten in and out of gyms. Each time going longer. I am a year in now and feel guilty if I miss. My longest was 2 years but I did not have the weight loss, and the attitude I now have.
And once you retire you worked all your life for that money you want to stay alive and draw every penny you can