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During the summer 0f 2008, I woke up one morning with a drive to live a healthy lifestyle. Since then, I've made many changes and lost nearly 50 pounds. Many of my friends and family members have come to me, asking about what I'm doing & how I'm doing it. While I certainly would never claim to be an expert, I'm happy to share what I've learned along the way.

So after careful thought... "The Accidental Fat Chick" has hatched... with the hope of helping at least one person and to be the accountability I need to finish what I started. :)

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Gym Discovery

Just to get this out of the way, when it comes to stationery bikes at the gym, I am a huge WUSS. Its the recumbent bike for me... sorry but my tush just cannot take the regular bike seat for more than 10-15 minutes at a time.

While I love my gym, its relatively small & there has been a large influx of new members lately. With all of the new people, I've had to make some changes to my normal routine of 30 minutes each of three different machines. For a long time, I've started with the bike, then done either the elliptical or StairMaster and ended with the rowing machine or treadmill. The one frustration with this has been getting my heart rate into a good fat burning zone on the bike. Yesterday, when I got to the gym it was packed, but there happened to be an empty elliptical so I started there instead. Then I went to the bike, with my heart rate already up in a good fat burning zone, it was easy to maintain that level throughout the 30 minutes on the bike. Why I didn't think of this before I don't know... maybe I just get too set in my routines sometimes.

That's my gym discovery of the week. This one simple switch, forced upon me by circumstance, led to burning an extra 100 calories... which doesn't sound like much... but thinking about it multiplied by days, weeks & months it'll add up. :)


midlife_swimmer said...

cool beans. I hadn't thought about this yet and I also have my "routines".

Anonymous said...

It's so easy to get stuck in a routine. It's better for your weight loss also to switch it up. Keep your body burns more.

I always do the bike last, if I do it at all. I hate the bike. YUCK!! You would think it would be fine with the extra padding I have...

fitncrafty said...

I love the bike... Does your gym have spinning classes. I have to say that the small seats take awhile to get used to; however, you can get a padded seat for $10-12 and that helps eliminate the discomfort.

Also, you can then stand, and do other things on the spin bike to get your heart rate up and do more interval training on them.

Good luck!

prashant said...

It's so easy to get stuck in a routine

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