A few years ago I got a refurbished Star Trac eSpinner – I am not a Soul Cycler, a spin-class-attender, nor an outdoor cyclist by any stretch. But I love spin bikes because they are one of those cardio options that are safer for bad knees (I’ve got two!), or when you are just not able to (or up to) the treadmill or outdoor running.
There are, of course, tons of other cardio options beyond a spin bike or treadmill! For example:
- Recumbent Bike
- Stairmaster / Stepper
- Adaptive Motion and Arc Trainers
- Versa Climber
- Rowing Machines…
It is totally a matter of preference. For me, the bike is one of the more comfortable choices if I’m not doing treadmill sprints…and the reality of it is that if I was going to spend money on a machine, I wanted it to be the one I’d use most! I happen to like this older eSpinner because it has a fan, which admittedly helps me push harder longer. Don’t laugh!
Even then, though, it’s not always easy. When people ask about my cardio they seem to think I must enjoy it – I love activity, but trust me when I say…cardio that I am aware I am doing is not on my “love” list! It does take some self talk and encouragement most of the time, and definitely some good music!
I also try to focus on the feeling of finishing – there is a sense of accomplishment that comes with getting through a workout, especially one you struggled to start! It is worth pushing through just for that sense of “I did it!”
Even if someone else appears to be loving Life while they sweat profusely and gasp for breath on the treadmill next to you…don’t assume it is a piece of cake for them, and therefore that there is something wrong with you because it feels tough. There ISN’T – you are doing great (they probably would love to be done themselves!)
Getting ON the bike, or treadmill, or elliptical is a start. Once you are THERE, you will push through it, proving you can do more than your brain wanted to trick the rest of you out of doing that day. Your pumping heart, and a body flooded with endorphins will remind the brain that its demotivating techniques just won’t work this time! 🙂