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7/25/07 8:50 P

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Thanks Ohiomom for your encouragement. But after today I have decided not to use the bike again, until after I see my doctor on August 2nd. Monday when I used the bike, I checked my pulse after I had finished pedaling slowly for 5 min. with the piece that is connected to the bike and snaps on your earlobe. It was registering 160, and didn't go down much for a while. So today I started checking it when I started slowly pedaling and within a minute my pulse was registering 140. So I stopped. I don't have anything on my treadmill to check the pulse. So I have been taking my blood pressure after finishing, because it shows the pulse rate when I use it. And the treadmill doesn't seem to be raising it that high. Anyway, I am going to check with the doctor first! I will be back. Thanks everyone.

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7/25/07 7:22 A

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Keep working at it, even if you can only do 30 seconds more today than you did yesterday, that is progress and it counts. I know when I started I could only do 1-2 minutes then had to take a few seconds break, then I got right back to peddaling. I then maxed out at about 5-10 min. I am up to so much more 30 min or more. I just kept pushing myself. I realize you have to listen to your body in ways I did not, but I still feel the same results will occur. Best to you!

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7/24/07 10:00 P

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7/23--Bike---I did my five minutes. No chest pain, but my pulse went pretty high. Doc. told me to keep a check on pulse rate.
7/24--treadmill---I did 10 minutes. Yesterday on the bike I didn't stretch first, but I didn't pedal very hard. I went quite slow and didn't even use any arm action, only my feet. I will check again tomorrow. For some reason the bike seems to work me much harder than the treadmill. But I also lose weight faster with the bike, so I would like to use it.
7/25--Bike---
7/26--treadmill---
7/27--Bike---

I will start with 5 minutes a day for the first week.




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7/24/07 10:19 A

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If your pulse rate was too high after the 5 minutes, perhaps you were goig at it too hard. It is not necessary to peddle as fast as you can for the full 5 minutes. Actually, if you haven't done stretches before you get on the bike you should start slow for at least the first minute to warm up, then speed it up for 3 minutes, then slow again for the last minute to cool down. If you want to bike at the same speed for all 5 minutes, you should begin and end your session on the bike with stretches for warm up and cool down.

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7/23/07 10:04 P

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7/23--Bike---I did my five minutes. No chest pain, but my pulse went pretty high. Doc. told me to keep a check on pulse rate.
7/24--treadmill---
7/25--Bike---
7/26--treadmill---
7/27--Bike---

I will start with 5 minutes a day for the first week.



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7/23/07 12:46 A

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Wishing you good luck with it, I think since your doc thinks it is ok, as long as you just go slow, things should be fine. Let us know how you do!

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7/22/07 10:58 P

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Hello everyone, I have just been reading through the messages and think this might be a good challenge for me. I have a stationary bike that I have not been using. I too have heart problems, Atrial fibrillation. The doctor has okayed me for exercise, but says to start slow and see how I do. The last time I tried the bike, I had chest pain, which scared me, so I hadn't tried it again. I haven't had any problem since, so I think I will try again, but start slow, for a short time. I seem to keep at things better when I am in a challenge. I have been doing the step challenge and the calorie challenge every week. It really keeps me moving and on track! I will start riding my bike tomorrow and do it at least three days a week, alternating with my treadmill, which I will do two days a week.
7/23--Bike---
7/24--treadmill---
7/25--Bike---
7/26--treadmill---
7/27--Bike---

I will start with 5 minutes a day for the first week.

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6/29/07 5:14 P

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I hear really good things about doing exercise in water, especially for those with arthritis. Which I do have and it slows me down but I am trying to take my life back so it does not win. I can not do the water stuff, for a variety of reasons and vanity is high up there on the list. I do not even wear shorts much less as swimming suit. I also do not wear sleeves unless they nearly come to my elbows so as you can imagine that in itself creates a problem. Partly, very sensitive skin partly vanity, and partly other health issues. You sound like you have things well in hand and are making progress. Good for you. Keep it up.

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6/29/07 4:47 P

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OHIOMOM: they have recumbant bikes down at our sports centre were I've used them before I became ill. I find them much easier to ride. When I'm fit enough I can have my doctor refer me to the leap program, which is a fitness program run for people recovering from injuries and illness. It enables you to use the facilities at a lower rate of entry, and you get sessions with a personal trainer who monitors your progress. You can be in the program for up to a year.

I have osteoarthritis so I doubt I'll be able to use the treadmills, steppers or rowing machines, but I should be able to use the bikes, weight machines and free weights. Eventually I hope to be fit enough to get a mountain bike as walking puts too much stress on my joints and we have lots of cycle paths here. In fact it's quicker to get into town on a bike in the rush hour, so I could use it if I get a job in town. I also plan to get involved in aquafit and swimming again.

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I am so sorry to hear that you have heart problems. It sounds like you are doing all you can and making progress, even if your progress is in 5 second increments it is a hugh step. Just keep at it. There are a lot of things I can not do because of my back injury and the resulting leg problems. That is why I bought the recumbant bike, I can adjust the tension and have back support. Originally I had a stationary bike and I used to sit in the dinning room chair and peddle the thing from the front, this is much easier. I also started doing whatever I could from a sitting position. One of my physical therapist told me it is still beneficial to do crunches, reverse crunches and bridges from my bed, so I do them as I watch tv and I got some resistance bands that I use also. Between the two back surguries and two strokes, I have major problems with weakness in my back muscles and right arm. But I keep at it and do something daily, cardio strength exercises. Just as long as I get some physical activity in each day. It certainly has helped, I can not imagine I would have been able to get off insulin without the exercise, diet alone would not have done it for me. Now I am working on getting off the glipizide. I am making great progress in that regard. I have not needed it this entire week, that is even with a spaghetti dinner last evening. Portion control, exercise little steps have made a difference.

Basically you are going in the right direction, and I wish you only good things and good luck on making strides to a healthy you.

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Slow and easy does it, LAWL156. You have the right idea in building up slowly. You are doing great.

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I only began exercising on the 15th June after a long illness. I don't have a bike, but I have a peddler that I can use while sitting in an armchair. It has a screw so that you can increase the resistance.

I have to be careful because I have cardiac problems due to my weight and I'm waiting for a gastric bypass which will help me to lose more weight and maintain it once I've lost it. I've lost 47lbs since Dec 4th and I want to get fitter for my operation. The fitter I am the fewer complications that ae possible, so I'm trying to slowly build up to being able to peddle for 10 minutes at a time. This morning I managed 2x 5 minutes peddles with a 5 minute rest in between without getting too breathless. At the moment I do this 3x a week, but want to increase it to everyday by the end of next week if all goes well.

I follow the 20 minute seated resistance band workout on alternate days, although I can't yet do all the reps for the lower body, but I'm working on it.


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6/27/07 11:25 P

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From what I've read, it is a good idea for everyone to alternate exercises, not working the same thing all the time, because if your body gets used to your routine it adjusts for it and you stop losing.

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I have diabetes, controlled by diet and exercise, and I was taught to use different muscles in my exercises wherever possible: one day the legs, the next day arms, then legs, so my body wouldn't get used to one thing... does this apply to everyone??

 
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I not a pro on this topic, but I do know that if you intensify what you are doing it should get you back on track. So maybe just "Tighten up" the resistance on your bike and you should see results.

 
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Consistently was the wrong choice of words, by consistenly I meant that I was riding the bike everynight, but minimum 15 minutes, but each day was a different length of time. I seem not to get to the bike but once or twice a week if I am lucky.

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I like my recumbent bike too! But if you repeat the same workout everytime, you will stop seeing results. I try to increase resistance for a couple of minutes every other mile, or ride faster.

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I get my best results when I ride my stationary bike, but I make sure I change things up so my body can't adjust to the routine. Some days I ride for 30 minutes straight. Other days I break it up ionto 3 10 minute sessions or 2 sessions of 15 minutes. Occassionally I will skip a day on the bike and walk instead.

If we follow the same routine day after day or work at the same intensity day after day, our bodies cbecome used to that and resets the matabolism at that point.

Try making small changes in your intensity and routine and see if that helps.

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The bikes in the fitness room are either spinners or recumbent. I am hoping to strengthen my legs and then buy a bike.

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emoticon Jefferson3, I used to just ride a stationary bike for 30 mins per day. Then I talked with a personal trainer and she told me to vary my routine. So now I do aerobics (kick-boxing) on Mon.,Wed.,Fri., and on Tues and Thurs. I ride my bike. Sometimes I ride on Sat or Sun. I also walk on the treadmill and lift weights. I too was not seeing any weight loss. So I dropped calories and that has helped. You've got to do both. I know that it is very hard but stick to it and you'll see results. Good Luck!!


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I did better when I rode my recumbant bike consistently. I am trying to get back to it with at least 15 minutes everying eveing. That is in addition to my walking cardio and strength exercises.

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I ride my stationary bike 30 minutes a day 7 days a week. I'm not losing weight like I thought I would, is it helping me. I did notice when I stopped being consistent the pounds came back which did not make me a happy camper.

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