My new stationary bike!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I decided a little while ago that my next piece of exercise equipment would be a stationary bicycle. Because my Gazelle has no resistance at all, it stopped giving me a very good cardio workout after a few months of steady use. A bicycle will take up just about the same amount of space, and my doctor recommended it as being the easiest on the joints of all the types of cardio equipment. I can also read and ride at the same time, which I've never really been able to do on the treadmill or elliptical.
I've done a little bit of shopping around, but yesterday I did a lot of online work to compare different models to see what reviewers said. I had it narrowed down to a couple of Schwinn models, but then went to a sporting goods store and picked out a different Schwinn model (see picture), the Schwinn Active 20. I knew that the Schwinns all had good reviews, but the one I chose actually fit my short frame better than the fancier model (that Consumer Reports recommended). It's lower to the ground and the seat and pedals are at a good angle for me. Even better, it was seriously on sale at Dick's, so I went ahead and bought it last night.
My foot is still in its splint/shoe, but when I went to the ortho today he said that stationary bike would be OK as long as I don't turn up the resistance. So as soon as I can get it up to the third floor and put it together, I'm ready to start on a new exercise regimen. Guess what my project is going to be tonight? Taking it out of its box and carrying it piece by piece up the stairs!
Here's my plan:
-Daily physical therapy exercises for shoulder (impingement syndrome) and my unbroken foot (plantar fasciitis).
-Bike riding daily, as well. Eventually joining some team or other that will help me set goals for the stationary bike. I know there has to be one out there with good challenges and people.
I can't wait to get started! A new toy always helps my motivation. I'm just hoping this is quiet enough that I can use it while watching TV with Davis in the evenings. Think of how many calories I can burn during your average-length movie.