Monday, February 12, 2007

Losing my virginity

I thought that post title would get some attention.

Not what you're thinking, though! My "gym virginity" is what I'm talking about. I actually went into a gym and used a piece of exercise equipment for the first time in my life. Just for 10 minutes, but that was enough to get 1.5 bonus points according to the "calories burned" display on the bike.

It was actually recommended by my physiotherapist that I've been seeing for some back pain problems - my wife's wondering how the physio succeeded in persuading me to do some exercise when she's failed. If I'm going to spend an hour a week doing exercise I'd rather do it in 10 minutes a day sessions than feel I have to work at it for a whole tedious hour.

I set it for about 3/10 on the resistance scale, where I was able to keep up a moderate speed (70-75rpm) without getting overly tired. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes to see a noticeable improvement.

The biggest frustration is the time taken to work off excess calories here. 10 minutes to work off 100 calories - and 500 calories in a portion of chips.

1 comment:

sam said...

hey, good to see you start exercising .

If you want to speed up your cardio session, try to do some interval. You will burn more in less time
http://exercise.about.com/cs/cardioworkouts/l/blbeginterval.htm