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YALEMH3 Posts: 165
9/24/12 11:55 A

I have an exercise bike and I only use it for hard riding. I ride my other bike for enjoyment or just for chasing my kids around the neighborhood.

Danyele M Howell
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9/24/12 11:28 A

Thank you so much for the advice, I really do appreciate it. I have been beating myself up, because it seems like I have to take so many breaks when I try to do something, or I get out of breath quicker. I try to sneak in exercise anyway I can during the day now until I can get better and more used to it.

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9/24/12 10:52 A

Perhaps cut the speed and resistance until you can go for 10 minutes, and then build things back up from there?

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9/24/12 9:38 A

Of course! This is NOT all or nothing. Remember that what matters is THAT you are moving... and you wil build up endurance gradually, over time. You don't start out running marathons, nor biking across states.

Remember that 10 minute sessions, 3 times per day, are just as helpful and effective as 30 minutes once a day!

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NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
9/24/12 8:09 A

Yes! You can take breaks as you need to. You'll notice that you will need to take fewer and shorter breaks as time passes, until 10 minutes will seem like nothing to you. Listen to your body. The only thing you will accomplish by overdoing it is you will no longer want to do it, so you're right not to make that mistake.

Time the time you're actually on the bike and also keep track of an overall time (so, maybe today it took you 17 minutes of clock time to ride 10 minutes on the bike, and next Monday it takes you 11 minutes.) This will give you a way to measure your progress. :)

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9/24/12 7:59 A

I have a stationary bike at home, and I have started riding it, for 10mins a day and will gradually increase my time. But I am unable to bike for 10 mins straight. Is it okay to stop catch my breath and continue until my endurance level builds up?

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