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August 2020

Our Exercise Bike and Building Up Time / Plus Walking
August 12, 2020

So, I got on our exercise bike yesterday afternoon, but my left foot started aching after only a few minutes. I tried to push through it, but the pain was throwing my whole form off and soon my left knee was starting to ache and my foot was screaming at me by then. I ended up stopping at about 6 minutes and walking off the pain, which quickly went away after I was off the bike.

Another problem with this bike is that it's a recumbent (supposedly easier on knees and back), but I'm "kicking" myself in the belly. I can't go further back on it or I won't be able to peddle. I wear walking/running shoes when on it, so not sure if that makes a difference. I also try to wear the loosest clothing I have, so as not to restrict my range of movement.

Both my mom and husband say to try to push myself to do at least 10 minutes at a time. I don't think I can do 10 minutes on this bike just yet, but my thought is to get as close to that as possible (or 5 minutes at the very least). Once I'm averaging 10 minutes for a few days or a week, I can increase my goal by 5 minutes and do that until I'm averaging 15 minutes... and so on until I reach 30 minutes. I hope that is doable.

Did I mention that I love walking? If I could choose to do only one exercise for life, it would be walking. I especially love to walk outside. I haven't been able to stick with any other exercise for more than a few days at a time, even though I'll try again a few months or so later. But I walk at least a mile almost every day (weather permitting). Sometimes I wish I could do other exercises as easily or as excitedly as I can walk. Maybe someday I will.

Motivation: "All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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