I have been a lurker on the forums for a while now. Got interested in biking as a form of realistic exercise for me after a business visit out of state. The person I met with began spontaneously to talk excitedly about biking as great exercise. He had been biking during his lunch hours and had lost a good amount of weight and was in great shape. Well, he planted a seed.
Then, here in Florida, you see people out on their bikes all the time. And they all seem pretty lean.
Well, all of this was I guess an attention step to me to get going on something physical. I am not a runner, and walking is just plain boring. I have never been a great athelete. Did some baseball and hockey, but nothing major or extensive. Best shape I ever was was in the military. That was some time ago. I did compete in rifle and pistol competion both in and out of the military, but that was also some time back also, and not particularly physical.
The long and short of it is, I need desperately to get into shape. My main question is not how to start but how to keep going. At my age, the "inner wimp" seems to be talking louder than ever. And, having never been an atheletic type, I have nothing to fall back on by way of experience.
At the risk of sounding foolish, what mental gymnastics, goal planning, or whatever have you folks used to keep the process going?
I have been blessed to have stayed healthy for these many years, but I know I cannot rely on that grace much longer. I am in my mid fifties, and definitely a clydesdale. I am looking at biking as a form of exercise and weight loss.
My biggest issue is discipline and consistency. Any thoughts, ideas, or things that worked for you would be greatly appreciated.
By the way, I appreciate and admire the camaraderie on this particular forum. Some of the other forums can get quite contentious, but you folks are always willing to help and encourage. It is appreciated.