I live over an hour’s drive from the nearest fitness center or organized gym.
It’s simply not possible to maintain a membership. The weather in my local area is severe. For approximately eight straight months, there’s snow on the ground and temperatures below freezing. The spring and fall tend to be windy, rainy and chilly. Summers are especially hot and humid. Finding the right conditions to go for a run or a bike ride is rare. Most of the time, it’s necessary to workout at home and inside. I’ve set up a decent home gym. Since I exercise every single day, it’s important to me to have a comfortable space and sufficient equipment. However, the larger machines are extremely expensive. Buying a jump rope, free weights and yoga mat wasn’t a big investment. Adding a mini trampoline and some battle ropes didn’t affect my budget all that much. I needed to save up before I was able to purchase a stationary bike. I love the bike. The seat is super comfortable and the operation is quiet. I can workout with the bike while the rest of the family is watching television or sleeping and not disrupt anyone. I’m able to read on my iPad while I pedal. The bike offers a variety of programs. I can customize the workout by duration, distance or calories burned. I can make the session more challenging by adding resistance or pedaling faster. The bike also keeps track of my workouts, and I like to compete against my personal best. It’s helpful that the bike works my muscles, gets my heart pumping and inspires a sweat without any damaging impact on my joints.