Should I have taken it as a sign to skip the workout this morning? I woke up an hour late. The batteries on the digital display for the workout bicycle decided to quit. And, I can't breathe well because my head and chest are congested.
I gave it the old "college try" anyway. After a few minutes of warm-up stretches, I grabbed the hand weights and climbed aboard the bike and started to pedal. Despite knowing the display didn't work, I found myself looking down to check it. Once I finished with the hand-weight part of this workout I tossed them over onto the bed and set the timer on the smartphone for fifty-five minutes, knowing I had already spent at least ten pedaling and using the weights.
I cycle to the same music and keep pace with it, so I am assuming my speed wasn't diminished any. But there's no way to know for sure how many calories I burned, whether or not I made the ten-mile minimum, or what my pulse reached. I've estimated them all on the high-side. Hey, there's no digital readout to prove me wrong, is there? Come to think of it, I should have added an extra fifty calories on for the weights, because it doesn't factor those in for me.
A couple of people have asked about home exercise cycles, so here's the one I use. It's an Exerpeutic Folding Recumbent Exercise Bicycle. It is manufactured by Paradigm Health & Wellness, Inc. You can get them through Walmart. Mine is a few years old, but it still works well. In fact, I haven't had to put new batteries in the display box for a while, which is probably why I forgot that it had batteries that would need replacement.
It's whisper-quiet, so if you're working out in an open area, even in front of the TV watching a movie, it won't be a noise nuisance. It pedals smoothly and the digital readout will keep you up-to-date on your numbers. I reset mine with every workout, that way I don't have to do math when I go to fill out the exercise log. It has a very comfortable height-adjustable seat, and it's very stable. The vinyl on the seat and backrest are easily wiped down with some spray Lysol and a paper towel after each workout.I really like the fact that it's easy to fold up and away, too, and doesn't take up much space when not in use.
Maybe I should have skipped the workout this morning and simply gone back to bed, but I'm glad I didn't. I actually look forward to using this little machine to help me get back in shape so I can get the road bike out this summer. (Don't tell the exercise bike, though. It may have a jealous streak.)
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