Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Yesterday and today I chose to use the stationary bike as my form of cardiovascular exercise. The new stationary bikes at the Y are amazing! The Y where I belong has upgraded all of their cardiovascular equipment. The recumbent cycle that I used yesterday and today had it's own television at the top of the cycle. The seat was comfortable (and adjustable) and the the screen tracking the exercise was large and easy to read. (Just the thing for these "over 50" eyes!) The ride was smooth too!
I did a 5 minute warm up (and cool down) in the 2-3 level and was easily able to progress to levels 7-10. Yesterday, I did intervals of 1-2 minutes at level 10 and the rest of the levels were at 7-8. Today, I did levels of 6-7 at a higher speed with intervals of one minute at level 8. Surprisingly enough, I got a better workout today and was able to do 10 minutes more total time. Yesterday, I did just under 10 miles in 65 minutes. Today, I did 12.5 miles in 75 minutes. On both days, I was dripping wet when I finished my workout. I was glad that I brought my water bottle with me!
I felt energized after both of my workouts. They were fairly short and pretty intense compared to my 2-3 hour workouts in the pool. The recumbent cycle had a very smooth ride and didn't seem to bother my shoulder. I left the gym with no more shoulder pain than I had when I arrived. Hooray!
Tomorrow I am scheduled to have the MRI of my left shoulder. I plan to stop at the gym on my way home and hop on the stationary bicycle for an hour or so. Finding a way to exercise has been a lifesaver for me since I use exercise as a stress outlet.