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First use of Lifecycle

I had to keep getting off the Lifecyle to do different things...first turn the fan on, then change programs (writing down what I'd done here), etc. I'll lock these posts from hereon out so that no one else has to read them.

Random program, 18 minutes, Level 4, about 150 calories; didn't get the miles.
Hill program, 12 minutes, Level 3, 90 calories; didn't get the miles.

The Lifecycle 5500 has what I need; all three programs (Manual, Hill, Random), the ability to set levels and tell me a number of calories, and the visual marker of how difficult a hill I'm on. I didn't know the differences in the models, so this one definately lacks some things I wanted. There's no battery or capacitor latency, so once it stops, it's off completely. Also, once the program ends, it doesn't cycle through the display to tell you both calories and miles. Neither of these are things I can't live without; my experience from before with Lifecycles is that they don't actually train you to go up hills (your body posture changes when actually going up hills, so not all the muscle groups you need for actual hill biking

...pause for half-hour Julian tantrum...

actually get worked out) and the number of miles they use is strictly based on cycling either 80 or 100 RPM of the pedals, which is also simply ballpark. Finally, I'm twice the size of the person who would burn those calories-per-hour. I'm burning more than that person would at rest, as well as all day long. Well, assuming that person and I are both at the same level of fitness. Of course, a fit person burns more calories at rest and a totally sedentary person burns less.

Nevertheless, it's good to track the minutes, levels, calories, and miles - it lets me know what I've done in comparison to myself, which is all that really matters.

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magid
May. 20th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Go, you.

I find it incredibly motivating to keep a record of what exercise I've done; the sense of accomplishment as it adds up really helps.
sethcohen
May. 21st, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
I had one from when I last exercised regularly. I don't have it any more, I think. I'm not even certain what year it was I last exercised. Going once: a start. Going regularly: a good plan.
echoweaver
May. 20th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
I also really enjoy being able to compare my past performance with my present performance. It gives me a sense of progress, and it also motivates me to do just a little be more than the last time.
sethcohen
May. 21st, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
I don't want to compare my past performance with my prsent performance. It'll just make me sad. I have to simply consider this starting over, and I'll look at today as the "past performance".
echoweaver
May. 21st, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean. But starting today, you have past performance to compare.
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