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Maintenance challenges

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The past week my weight crept down a couple of days, reaching a low of 180.9, and then reversed course and today is 184.6: a BMI of 25.0 (overweight) once more.

I have made a couple of changes that will pay off over time: the 30-minute walk that I’ve done a few times doesn’t seem to hurt my knee at all, and I will continue that as a daily activity. And TYD’s idea of using a recumbent exercise bike instead of a recliner for watching movies strikes me as excellent. I’m thinking that this bike will be quiet—and the readout is mounted low so it won’t interview with watching the screen. I can put it where the Nordic Track now stands, and put the Nordic Track in storage for now: the walks replace the Nordic.

I’ll give this one more week, and then if necessary will return to a written food journal. I know the drill, and that weight will come off again.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 April 2011 at 7:13 am

Posted in Daily life, Fitness

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  1. If I may offer some comment on recumbent bikes having owned a few ranging in price from a couple of hundred dollars to near a thousand.

    Stationary bikes of all types suffer from exactly the same phenomenon as outdoor bikes, i.e. if the bike isn’t really well made, comfortable, reliable, consistent, and able to work effectively with your body, you will soon abandon it and turn it into a clothes hanger. Experienced cyclists call inexpensive department-store type bikes, “Garage bikes” because they tend to spend their lives idle in the garage. I guess we could call inexpensive stationary bikes “Clothes hanger bikes”. 🙂

    As a rule of thumb, it is generally near-impossible to get a decent exercise bike for under $500. The key is the load mechanism, i.e. increasing exercise resistance. There are many systems, friction-types (very cheap), magnetic, etc.

    Secondly is the ergonomics of the design and the strength of the frame; a wobbly exercise bike is no fun.

    Third is the electronics and programming, which can make an inherently boring activity much more fun and sustainable.

    I recently bought a recumbent stationary bike and did a lot of research beforehand. Diamondback produces bikes of very good quality and functionality, at a relatively reasonable price. Expect to spend between $600-800; consider it an investment. Great fun while watching a movie.

    Steve

    17 April 2011 at 10:09 am

  2. Excellent. What bike did your research lead you to? I’m willing to trade up. 🙂

    LeisureGuy

    17 April 2011 at 10:50 am

  3. I went for the Diamondback 510sr. The 910sr seemed to have too many not-so-useful bells and whistles,and the actual mechanisms are identical. Here they are:

    http://www.diamondbackfitness.com/recumbents.html

    So far, mine seems very solid, well-made, and whisper quiet with very useful electronics that provide a nice variety of programs.

    Steve

    17 April 2011 at 12:06 pm

  4. Oh, and if you plan to really use it a lot, see if your dealer offers an extended warranty. I got mine to throw in a $100 two-year all-inclusive warranty for no charge. The dealer confided in me that they love selling the extended warranties since most people stop using all exercise equipment after a few weeks, ensuring that there will never be a warranty claim since the stuff is unused. But he said, that they do provide great value for the heavy user.

    Steve

    17 April 2011 at 12:10 pm

  5. Funny, if you look at the specs for the 510sr vs the 910sr on the initial web site promo, it looks like the 910sr has a lot more features. What they don’t tell you is that they’re all there on the 510sr too! The only difference from what I can divine is that the 910sr offers more program options.

    Steve

    17 April 2011 at 12:13 pm


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