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TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
10/11/13 9:45 A

Yeah also, and I've done this with my skier, I get on real quick thinking I will just do a few minutes low intensity, like if I'm tired or whatever, and end up going faster and increasing the intensity, and end up doing a harder workout than what I thought. Love it!

ALBERTJON SparkPoints: (3,133)
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10/11/13 9:06 A

TRI_BABE: Good point about using the exercise bike to warm up for a run. Depending on the nature of the stretching and what muscles are being stretched, several studies have shown that "warming up" is better for the muscles than stretching is.

I agree with you about "just jumping on" and riding the bike. Last night I was not feeling all that energetic, but I jumped on the bike while watching parts of a couple of TV football games. Then later I jumped on to watch the end of the TV baseball game.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
10/11/13 9:03 A

I guess part of it is that it's so easy to just jump on and do it. I don't even have to be wearing "workout" clothes because I'm not "going for it" though sometimes I can start getting warm.

I think even if I am going to go run, my normal routine is eat breakfast, check email while my breakfast settles in my stomach, then go run. If I did the bike at a low intensity while checking email, my legs would be warmed up for my run, which will really help in the winter.

Thanks for all the input!

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10/11/13 8:50 A

Yes. Even low-intensity workouts are valuable, both physically and mentally.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
10/11/13 8:37 A

I have been doing it while waiting for things too. For example today my Mom wanted to cook breakfast so while waiting for that I was doing it. I looked at the speed and low intensity for me is between 11.5-14.5 miles per hour so it's not like I'm not moving at all.

I am definitely going to get or make a laptop type desk I can put there. That way I can do it while I check my email or am just surfing the web too.

I am going to try running tomorrow and see how my foot feels. But I still will be doing it for xtraining as well.

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10/11/13 2:54 A

Yes, without doubt!!!

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
10/10/13 2:49 P

LOL, because I workout a lot already, if it's really not doing anything, I'd just skip it... haha. It takes a lot to raise my heart rate so I don't even know that a heart rate monitor would pick up calories burned, but I'm going to see anyway. I would imagine it's equivalent to a slow walk maybe? I don't know. I just tried it for the first time last night and this morning.

Also as a 2nd daily recovery "workout", I think it would be OK too. I've got a foot injury so running twice a day is out for now.

I've seen treadmill or bike desks for people to use while working, and I imagine they aren't going very fast or hard but it's probably doing something, if even to get the blood flowing over just being stationary. I could also do it while surfing the web with a tablet or with a small laptop desk.

I actually don't know why I keep thinking of ways I can stay in motion, I should be relaxing more, if anything. But some days, like today, I'm not up for my normal workout due to circumstances, but I can do an easy pedal such as that.

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10/10/13 2:22 P

Why not? Is there anything stopping you? I've had a handful of sports injuries, so I feel like I have to be careful about repetitive motions, but even then I don't think that adding this type of super low intensity exercise would hurt. If it doesn't help, you don't have to do it.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
10/10/13 2:04 P

I'm not talking about using it as my main workout. As it is I workout every day and run 40-50 miles a week, I've got an interval workout, hill repeats, short and long tempo runs, so I'm OK with intensity already. I'm just talking about occasionally like when I am not feeling well enough for my full on running workout or, for a few extra calories burned while watching a movie or reading a book, over just sitting there.

LOTUS737 Posts: 2,398
10/10/13 1:07 P

i agree with the post below- you could do some harder intervals during commercials or something to really amp it up, but i know on the bikes at the gym i have to put it up to level 8 to even feel like i'm doing anything! so i would put it at a level where you can feel it (but if you want to go really slow you may want to crank it up more).

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10/10/13 12:35 P

It's better than just sitting, but I would think of it as "ambient activity" rather than a real part of your exercise plan. It's like taking a long stroll, right?

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,968
10/10/13 12:06 P

Is doing a stationary bike at a low intensity while watching a movie or reading for extra calorie burn or on days I am not up to doing my full running workout worth it?

I normally workout a lot at a decent intensity, so it feels like I am not doing very much... but I am thinking that even if it is on level 1, it is better than just sitting?

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