So for those who have been here longer than just recently, also for those up north, LOL, what do you do in the winter when there's 34 feet of snow outside?
I've been wanting to start exercising for ever. Problem is the lack of will power. I have weights, I'd start hitting the weights down in the basement for a few weeks and something would come up and eventually quit. I've always thought about running, obviously can't do that in my basement but I don't have the greatest of knees. Also I would probably tire of that. There are a lot of things I would eventually get bored of and probably give up. What I'm saying is I need something interesting and fun that is exercise.
That's where getting up off my behind and cleaning up the bike came from. Biking is interesting and fun. I've always liked riding the bike, only I had small kids and didn't have time to do it by myself for actual exercise. Tooling around for about a mile or so with the kids wouldn't cut it. Now that they are older, I can get away for an hour or so and either ride behind my house like I started like a week and a half ago or get to the bike trail that is not very far away.
But since amazingly school is back in just 2 weeks already, that means winter won't seem to be much longer either. I think I will ride as long as I can until it gets too unbearable, and at that point we have a long 3-4 months of freezing cold at least before the biking will start again. Heck, this year we didn't have a day in March above 20°. Not much snow, but that was a long excruciatingly cold winter this past year.
One thing that I think helped with the fact that I know I'll keep up with the bike, besides the actual enjoyment factor, is that I saw results and saw results quickly. I'm down 7 lb since July 31st which is part our eating habits changing and part the biking. I don't want to lose it over winter, it's a long time to go without fun exercise. I just don't know what to do that wouldn't be "forcing myself to exercise." My wife rides her exercise bike in the basement but it is so uncomfortable that it is painful. I don't have cash at the moment to get one of those machines you put your actual bike on to use indoors, so that would be out. That would get to be "forcing" anyways as it wouldn't be fun at all. Not going to be out in the woods along the river seeing bald eagles and deer down in the cold basement staring at the concrete walls. I don't see me keeping up with that at all.
Any suggestions? Actually I would like to start a bit of weight lifting and the fact that I saw results to motivate me with the bike may get me going on the weights for the winter as I know results would be coming. It's all about the motivation thing for me to overcome the lack of willpower.