I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left hip on Thursday, which was a shock, as I've always had the good luck to be healthy. I'm 55. I had thought I had a three-year-long chronic groin pull, but no, reality did not jibe with my illusion, according to the X-rays. I have OA in both hips, but the left hip has almost no cartilage left, and has two ugly bone cysts protruding from the socket.
Now I have to come to grips with losing about 20 pounds and staying active cardio-wise without causing further damage to my hip. As you can tell from my username, I ride a fixed-gear (and long before it was a hipster activity). But I had been commuting to work on it, a too-mild fifteen minute trip and quite dangerous, as I have to negotiate downtown Austin streets after 9 p.m. when I go home.
All this makes me think I ought to get one of those torture devices, an indoor trainer. Any suggestions? I haven't owned one in twenty years, so I know nothing about them. Maybe I should get a Concept 2 rower instead? I kind of enjoy that form of self-torture.