Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Charlotte, NC
Bikes: Fuji CCR1, Specialized Roubaix
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First, congratulations for your effort to improve your circumstance. I am at the end of my first year of cycling. My first ride took me 40 minutes to go 3 miles and left me wiped out. My current minimum daily ride is about 40 minutes long and usually covers at least 10 miles. I am down 60 pounds, have lost 10 inches off my waist and my shirt size has gone from XL to M.
During the year I have learned much about dieting, exercise and overall health. The main truth I have learned is that it is not easy. Those of us who successfully work at it have much of which to be proud.
It really matters little what form of exercise you choose sir. Thirty minutes a day of taxing your heart muscle a little and a bit of a deficit on calories consumed vs. calories used will do wonders. My personal preference is to actually ride a bicycle out of doors but you may be more comfortable inside.
I recommend you not try to do too much too fast. Follow the information your boody sends back to you as you progress. If it hurts, ease up a bit. If you feel weak or lightheaded, don't cut so far back on calories. Try to make certain you are well hydrated all the time. If you push too hard, especially at the beginning, you are more likely to become discouraged and cease beneficial activities.
You may find as I did, that a bit of strength training using weights, a weight machine or exercise bands will help. The added muscle tone and strength makes other activities like cycling easier and more pleasant. The way you look improves also even if strength training doesn't contribute to weight loss right away.
You are doing the right thing. I know the progress will seem slow. I'm glad for you that you are working on it.
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