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Recumbent Exercise Bike = new exercise

Friday, May 03, 2013

Today the new recumbent exercise bike arrived. My son got it all put together and I was really surprised how how little room it took up. I was expecting a bike with a much larger footprint but this one is really nice. It's a nice basic bike with adjustable tension, your speed, calories burned, time and distance showing. I never pay attention to the calories burned on any place but here so that wasn't a big deal. My only wants were the distance and time.
Once I get myself situated I'm ok, it's just the first few seconds getting myself coordinated. Anyway, we both started with a five minute trial to adjust the tension settings and get a feel of the bike. Okay that had to be the longest five minutes in history. Goodness it seemed to last forever. I may walk but nothing compares to riding this bike. Being recumbent it's harder for me to pedal than a conventional bike. It's just odd feeling.
Anyway we both rode it for twice for 5 minutes each time tonight. My thighs are killing me tonight as a result. Our plan is to add a few minutes more each day to build up our time. I have a feeling my body is going to be screaming at me because I started something different, am using different muscles and we have a wonderful cold front getting ready to send us up to five inches of rain over the next few days. I hate when fronts come through - they're murder on me.
My 85 year old Aunt and a younger cousin of mine all convinced me that I needed to take Glucosamine and Condrotin (can't spell it) because they think it would help me with my knee problems. Guess what? They are right it has helped especially my right hip. That's where I've noticed the most improvement because I was at a point where I couldn't even lay on my right side five minutes before now I'm resting so much better and not in near as much pain. That was the only change I made so I'm guessing that it's helped.
Hope everyone's having a great week! It's Friday already and that means it's the weekend! Make it a fantastic one!
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  • BOPPY_
    Just keep after it. Back off if your body requires it (but never quit), and in the long run, there will be a new and better YOU!

    You're doing it.

    (Pardon my arrogance in the next paragraph.)

    Contrary to your motto, you are not "a work in progress". You are progressing with work. You are a good you, and will become a better you. But the you, in the here and now, is nonetheless, a great you!

    Congratulations, YOU!! emoticon

    Lee emoticon
    1596 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/13/2013 3:02:21 PM
    I am glad you are getting to try something different. :) Just don't overdo it, and maybe alternate it with your walking. I have heard f ish oil helps with joint issues too. I've been taking it for a while now.
    1605 days ago
    take it easy .... add a minute a day .... do not overdo .... you will be riding for 30 minutes in no time .... but your tushie will feel great on a recumbent .... make sure your seat is close enough ... do not stretch out so far you are over extending .... have fun with it ... Roc
    1605 days ago
    emoticon Have a good weekend!
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    1606 days ago
    My husband has been taking supplements like that, and he keeps being amazed at the difference it made in his knees! emoticon
    1606 days ago
  • --VICKI--
    You'll get used to it. I love a recumbent bike. It's my main exercise at the fitness center. I average 45 minutes now when I use it but I started out only doing 10-15 minutes. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1606 days ago
    Enjoy the bike and work into it slowly. And any meds that make movement easier are a big plus.
    1606 days ago
    Congrats on your bike. I too am in awe of your walking but working different muscles from different directions is a good thing. Have fun. emoticon
    1606 days ago
    Congratulations on your new bike! I'm glad that you are taking it slow and doing small stints on the bike. Keep it up. Your body will adapt!
    1606 days ago
    I love my recumbent bike I wouldn't know what to do without it...Lol
    It's funny how a persons body adjusts to a certain exercise.
    It's like I am so jealous of how far you walk, because even thou I can easily ride my recumbent bike for an hour and not feel any pain I have such a hard time when it comes to walking outside because my body has to support my weight.
    In fact I started walking outside this week because the weather has been nice and the longest I can make it is 20 minutes and then my left hip starts shooting pain. and I have to stop emoticon
    I think you will adapt to this bike fairly quickly you are pretty consistent with fitness I think its gonna be a breeze for yea emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1606 days ago
    Congratulations on getting the bike!!!! I have thought about getting a recumbent bike. emoticon
    1606 days ago
    emoticon Congratulations on The Bike and on the Pills helping the Hip!! Hooefully the Bike will help the hip too!!
    1606 days ago
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