Are you 45 or over? I am. I am also a little overweight, like the rest of America. I used to be on my scale every day, constantly hovering over the target weight, that one pair of jeans, or how others think I look. I hit an age, I don’t remember what age that was, where I did not have those thoughts or perceptions any more. I just wanted to feel good and be able to do things with enough stamina to feel amazing afterwards.
I have also suffer from joint pain and am one of those people who are very attuned to muscle pain. So, if I work out too hard, I tend to hurt to the point of a headache and am down for the next 12 hours. Let me tell you, it is not a pretty site, and it hurts. So, how can I and others like me increase exercise and feel great?!
The hubster and I started a fitness plan early December. It also involved some food restrictions, but basically meals revolved around healthy eating. We have an elliptical, but my husband hogs that machine, as if I purchased it for him and him alone. Lol. It is okay.. really. I purchased a bike riser so that I could ride my outdoor bicycle, inside. Genius move and I wish I would have done that a long time ago. I started out using the P app to see how spinning really works. Time flew by and I didn’t even know what happened. I used that app for a bit, but without the bike to go with the app, I would get lost on some of the resistance levels. I am riding a 15 speed bike, so it is not realistic.
I have been pumping that bike for about 6 weeks and it has been the best workout I have had. My heart rate increases and I can maintain 130 bpm during most of my cycling. I use music, extremely loud, and sing. Did I mention that I have headphones? Yeah, so, my guy just stares at me and shakes his head. You know what I am talking about right? Where you just sing loud and off key. It sounds perfect to you with your great headphones, but to your witnesses? Not so much.
I have been working in walking outdoors also. In fact, today we walked 5 miles through the country. It was beautiful and amazing. I wish I would have brought my camera with me. I feel amazing, though a little sore and tight. Nothing like I had to deal with previously though.