I have never been one who exercised in a traditional way. So for me to decide to use bicycling for exercise as a new routine in my life is really out of character for me. Why am I beginning this new regimen? Am I in poor health?
Bicycling For Exercise
Why I am beginning a new regimen of exercise using a vintage cruiser bicycle.
Let's Discuss The Why Of My Choice To Start Exercising On A Bicycle
I recently celebrated my 60th Birthday and I also retired from my day job at the end of last year. I have always been a pretty active person and got my exercise each day in the activities that I did, rather than doing traditional exercising.
My health is actually pretty good for a woman of my age. Do I suffer from:
- high blood pressure - no it is actually on the low side
- high cholesterol levels - no my levels are well within the normal range
- overweight - nope, I weigh in on the low range of the desired weight for my height
So, my decision to start using bicycling for exercise is more to maintain the health that I already enjoy. Since I find that I am sitting in front of the computer much more with my writing, I need something to keep my body in the shape that it is in now.
Doing jumping jacks, lifting weights, or rolling around with a Pilate ball is just something that I would not stick with. I know myself well enough to know that I would soon get bored with it and just not do any of them.
When I was a kid, I practically lived on a bike! It was something that I always loved doing, riding a bicycle. So, this seems like a nice fit for some aerobic exercise that I will stick with.
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My Plan For Bicycle Exercise
I figure that riding a bicycle will help me keep the little bit of arthritis that I have in my knees and hips at bay. I have read that one of the best ways to combat arthritis is to stay active.
My plan is to ride my bike at least three times a week. I won't be riding in any races and I don't plan to ride really fast. Just a nice leisurely pace that gets my heart pumping, my lungs working harder and my legs moving.
My neighborhood is a lovely rolling area with quiet streets. Let me tell you, those rolling little hills gets the old lungs working and the heart pumping. Not to mention the "burn" I feel in my upper legs going up a hill. But that is good! The nice thing is that my legs don't kill me for the rest of the day after I have ridden my bicycle. Not like if I had gone to a gym and done a bunch of machines that had me sore for a week later!
In less than a week I have already worked up to riding about 2 1/2 miles on my bicycle without killing myself while I do it.
That is part of my plan, work up to riding a longer distance. Once I am no longer feeling the burn in my legs from the hills, I can then progress to longer distances while getting more exercise. There are some gorgeous bike trails close to me that will be fun to ride on.
Why A Cruiser Bicycle For My Exercise?
Well, for one thing I think the vintage bicycles are way cooler than the new bikes but that is just me. A bicycle that is known as a cruiser is one that allows you to sit upright rather than hunched over. Also, a cruiser has the fenders to stop water or mud from being tossed up onto your clothing and there is a chain guard to keep your pants clean and from getting caught in the chain.
I plan to "pimp" out my vintage bike with a basket and some trimmings but that is another article all together.