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1/23/13 9:34 A

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On days like we're having now just shoveling the snow is my Exercize (to be,honest I usually enjoy it :-D) and snow shoeing around the woods after work if I d,ont have more shoveling to do.
Once the show melts I'll be back on the bike cause except for the two activities mentioned above I really don't enjoy being out in the cold. Go figure. ;-p

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1/22/13 8:54 A

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I, too, have started using a stationary bike for cross-training. It's nice to be able to get the heart pumping and work up a sweat without feel the strain in the hips and knees.

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12/23/12 9:19 A

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I've been away from, well , everything for the past month caring for my mother after she took a fall and broke her wrist. I am just back home and trying to get back into good habits, exercise as well as eating. (mom doesn't like my low fat, fresh veggie and grain type cooking , and I couldn't leave her alone for more than few minutes at a time)
So my stationary bike is my best friend again, I am recovering flexability quickly and getting back into my good habits.
I even walked a 5k that was planned months ago. I was convicted I would be the last person as I was sooo out of practice, but while it wasn't my best time..lit wasn't my worst either.
Color me pleasantly suprised!

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12/18/12 10:59 A

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I use a stationary bike and elliptical trainer for cross training on my non running days. I think it is great and less stressful on my joints.

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12/15/12 5:53 P

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I also have medical limitations (drop foot) from an accident last year. I use the bike to help me cross-training so I don't place more stress on my foot risking injury. I have also used the bike to help when I have had bad shin splints. Best of luck on your journey

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9/2/12 12:55 P

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I know the focus of this group is on learning to run but I wonder who else uses the stationary bike as a tool to improve flexibility and endurance when they cannot get out to run?

I have severe knee problems due to a car accident years ago and now arthritis that limits my range of motion.

I've found that on the days I just cannot get outside the bike really helps to keep me from slacking off. I sit down in the mornings to read my emails..on he bike rather than the recliner. It starts off my day with a better attitude and let's me burn some calories And keeps my knees from getting stiffer than they already are.

What do you think about bikes as a tool to improve your running? We all head about using a treadmill but I think the different motion used in peddleing helps me when I'm out on the trails *trying* to run.

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