When your wife says, "You're too old to ride motorcycles, you might get hurt," just smile and say "Honey, I'm doing this for you so I can build up my bones." No, really. The science is on your side. A daily dose of whole body vibration is good for you.
A daily dose of whole body vibration may help reduce the usual bone density loss that occurs with age, Medical College of Georgia researchers report.
Researchers found vibration improved density around the hip joint with a shift toward higher density in the femur, the long bone of the leg, as well. Hip fractures are a major cause of disability and death among the elderly.
They also found a reduction in a biomarker that indicates bone breakdown and an increase in the surface area involved in bone formation in the vibrating group.
Well, the study didn't specifically cite motorcycles, but what better whole body vibration machine is there? Combined with previous studies that show lifting weights keeps bones strong among older folks, this could be a nice boost for Harley Davidson, or any big bike for that matter, giving all of us Boomers a great new reason to fire up the big V-Twins for medicinal purposes and ride forever. At this rate, you could almost get your doctor to write a prescription, "One hour of riding daily, as needed. Prescription may be refilled indefinitely." No more namby-pamby lightweight girlie bikes, I'll have one of those big heavy suckers that vibrates. Thanks, Doc!