I've spent 2 months thinking about it, researching different models, trying to find an elliptical with great ratings and a low price, I finally found one at Costco. There it was, next to the furniture, calling out for me to try out the floor model. Wow---so comfortable, sturdy, quiet. And best of all, $300 cheaper than the one I had spotted on Amazon. This past Christmas I received cash from several relatives, so I don't even feel "guilty" about this purchase. My DH and I spent Sat. afternoon building it, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! I love being able to hop on and off at random times throughout the day.
I feel a new hope surging inside of me that I can actually reverse the downward trend of my health. Until my mid-40's, I was blessed with incredibly good health. Even now I can't complain because some people really have serious things to battle. But there are problems. The thyroid gland got very lazy, which affects metabolism. (As my grandma used to say "My get up and go just got up and went.")
Both knees wore out (too much running on cheap shoes and I over-pronate. Back in the 70's and 80's, motion control shoes weren't well known. And I didn't realize I was wearing out the inner half of both my knees.) I've had 2 knee replacements and a diagnosis of arthritis in most of my spine. Then this last April a diagnosis of severe allergies and asthma. So.......all this means that I have to figure out what I CAN do, not what I can't do. The list of what I can't do is actually pretty long, so I won't bore you with that list.
But I CAN bike. I have a reclining indoor bike which I've put a lot of miles on. My outdoor bike didn't get used at all this past summer because I was not allowed outdoors for exercise because of pollen. But I'm hopeful that the allergy shots will help me enough that by this spring I can walk and bike outdoors again.
I CAN and do lift hand weights at home, and I actually enjoy sit-ups, planks, girls pushups. Not so graceful getting down on the floor and back up again---so I don't do this in public
The elliptical trainer gives a GREAT workout---even better than the bike. It's so kind on the joints and spine. It's in our basement family room, in front of the tv where I can watch some series (on dvd or netflix on demand) that I'm ONLY going to watch while on the elliptical. That's a big carrot for me.
It's challenging for me, but I was able to complete 3 miles yeesterday --over 3 different sessions. I want to do long, slow rides, but also shorter rides with high intensity intervals.
Another health goal for me is increasing my lung capacity. Last April I walked 2 miles on a high pollen day---not knowing any better---then drove myself to the doctor because I could hardly draw breath. The doctor gave me 2 breathing treatments thru the mouth and oxygen thru the nose, then said I was getting worse, not better. So she called an ambulance. Whoa---first ambulance ride in my life. Also my first panic attack. Yep, I did that too.
A week later a lung specialist gave me some tests, said I was severely allergic to 22 different environmental items---mostly trees, grasses, etc. She also said I had a "lung age" of 78. At the time I was 60. Talk about a red flag!!! After a few months of daily inhalers, allergy pills, flonase, and allergy shots, the age went down to 72.
The elliptical really makes me work hard----great for heart and lungs!! I'm so hopeful that I can get that lung age down to my actual age. Sorry for all the health details, but I'm SO
ENCOURAGED, SO EXCITED and SO HOPEFUL that I can reverse some negative health trends, and lose some more weight!! Smiling on the inside and outside!! Wishing all my SP friends a happy, healthy day!