I am new here, and I hope to purchase a bike this weekend, a real newbie to this, but no spring chicken. I am almost 49, female, and very out of shape after changing careers a few years ago to working at home on my computer doing medical transcription. I love it, but it's been rough on my body and circulatory system. My question is where to start training before hopping on the bike and how much do I need?
I have been doing "naddadarnedthing" for exercise, though I do have a Pilate's Reformer and treadmill in my office. I know I have had good results in strengthening my core on the Reformer in the past. I don't have to be "buff" to hop on the bike the first time though, do I? Would a 30-minute Reformer session twice daily, and short periods on the dreaded treadmill working up, be enough to at least prepare me for minimal rides at first? I guess I could also take the dog out for walks, another exercise option..
I'm starting from scratch exercise-wise, but I'm determined, and I am already making healthier choices in my diet. It's not like I'm obese, but I could stand to lose weight, reshape and tone. I'm not a fanatic about pounds though, because I know that will happen naturally. I am more concerned with building lean muscle and strengthening, which I'm sure will help "reshape" my body. Heart health is also important of course. I had a pretty severe heart attack at 40, and I've had three stents placed since then. I also have a heart aneurysm, which was found while a stent was being placed, so it's important that I keep a good BP to prevent problems in that area. Doc says, "No more stents Missy, next surgery will be open heart so you'd better get it together." Well, I'm finally listening!
Another health issue recently uncovered is hypothyroidism and thyromegaly, which I'm controlling with meds. My energy level is improving, but I really have to push myself to get started.
Hopefully, the above-mentioned options for exercise will be sufficient to limber me up at least before attempting to ride for the first time in years, many years! Do ya think?