One of my resolutions for this New Year was to exercise more. I actually started exercising seriously 6 years ago (I had started when I was 45 but decided a knee injury was interesting and took time to tear my ACL and go through a surgery).
But during the winter months the days are short and my commute is long, so as I came in to 2012, I decided that if I was going to exercise more than 3 times a week, I needed a way to do so indoors. To make that possible I ordered this recumbent exercise cycle.
The model is Marcy Recumbent Mag Cycle, and I purchased it from Amazon.
When it arrived I put it together, and placed it in a spare room we weren’t using. I made use of it several times, and it met a need I had to get a few extra workouts in during the week.
A few weeks after Christmas we had to move the exercise bike when our niece moved in with us and occupied the room where we had the bike. For lack of another place to put it, we left the exercise bike in the living room. It wasn’t a plan; it just happened.
What is funny is what happened soon after we put it in the living room. First our nephew sat on the bike and rode a few minutes. A few minutes later our daughter sat down and rode awhile.
The next day I decided that since it wasn’t one of the days I run (I run 3 to 5 miles 3 days a week), that I would ride the exercise bike. That’s why I bought it in the first place.
What was different this time? I was riding with the family while we watched a basketball game on the television. I could actually enjoy a conversation and not be closed off from my wife and daughter.
I loved it.
So what are the advantages and disadvantages of an exercise bike in the living room? Well, obviously aesthetics isn’t on this list.
- The ability to exercise with my wife and other family close enough to talk with.
- Opportunity for others in the family to exercise easily.
- Impromptu exercise…off a schedule.
- This particular bike is quiet. I am not sure others would be so quiet, and I know for a fact that a treadmill just wouldn’t work.
- You will have to move it when you entertain.
- You have to fight over who gets to use it (or is than an advantage?)
What about you? Do you exercise in the home? If so, where? Why not comment below?