An unlikely sounding thread title I know
But I’m proposing it as a serious option.
There’s no doubt that unicycling is superb for maintaining health and cardiovascular fitness: one of ‘Unigeezers’ vids mentioned that, though he’s getting on a bit, he’s now, thanks to unicycling, in the best shape of his life.
(though he does tend to do some of the more intense forms of unicycling, like trials/extreme muni, whereas I stick to just riding distance).
I can no longer run, due to a foot issue, yet find that unicycling, being almost zero impact, is unaffected.
Recently, after an ambitously long session of barefoot walking, that left my feet so blistered that it was very painful to walk, I again found it easy to do a 1hr+ uni ride into town.
In fact, over the years, I’ve had several incidences of leg issues that have made walking either impossible, or painful, and found that unicycling is the best option for getting from A to B without feeling that I’m making the injury worse.
Basically, on those occasions, I’m using the unicycle as a kind of mobility scooter.
I can imagine that it would be feasible to continue to do so into my 50’s/60’s/70’s/80’s? Perhaps to continue unicycling past the point I can walk comfortably, and do so, not just for the enjoyment of unicycling, but because it’s actually more practical than walking.
Of course, that option is only feasible for unicyclists- I can’t imagine it being a good idea for the average non-unicycling pensioner to suddenly choose to learn to unicycle, with an eye to using it as a mobility scooter alternative