My No-Excuses Exercise Secret!

This time of year, we all have good excuses for not exercisingÖitís cold, itís dark, Iím busy, the kids need a babysitter; itís too much work, itís too hard, the house is too messy, and there is no room inside to exercise, blah, blah, blah. Well, I remembered something I did a long time ago that worked for me, and Iíve gone and done it again, and it works this time, too (because all those excuses are true for me, too).† I got a bike. I got a ďtrainerĒ (not a personal oneókeep reading), and I put it on my front porch so I can go for a ride outside in the fresh air any time of day or night and not worry about cars, hills, babysitters, or even getting anywhere. Itís awesome.

Keep your activity levels up, eat healthy diet, and don’t obsess over how many minutes you exercise.

So, this is how it works. And if you need hep getting it set up, find a local bike shop and they will make it work for you.

Get a bike. Any bike. Then get a trainer, which is basically a device that lifts your rear wheel off the ground so that you can ride in placeóit pops the bike in and out, no tools required! Get it set up to your pleasure. You can do this inside your house, but I so much prefer to exercise in the fresh air, and my front porch is big enough. That way, I can ride while the kids play in the front yard or in the driveway. And if they want to, they can be a part of my exercise (although this time of year, unless there is snow out there, itís unlikely).

Now, because my trainer is on my front porch, I had to get a real pretty bike. So I chose an Electra Amsterdam, which makes me feel very European. It also positions me upright, which doesnít put any pressure on my hands, which have suffered in the past from carpal tunnel syndrome. And of course I needed a really nice basket to put my iPod in so I can listen to music while I ride (which I would never, ever, ever, do if I were really riding on the street or trail, mind you!). My setup is so cool that my son-in-law asked for a trainer for Christmas so he could set his bike up in his apartment in New York to train for some race or other he is doing this summer. So it works in all sorts of scenarios.

Whatís great about this is you can set it up anywhere, and you donít need a whole exercise bike that canít be used for anything else. When you want to ride the bike, just pop it off and go! And, for me, I love that I can get out in the fresh air and ride, even in the pitch darkóeven in the rain, because itís under the porch.

See? No excuses!

Unusual bikes could help keep people more interested in exercise.


Marianne Good
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks. I enjoy bike rides.

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

KS Goh
KS G5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Kerry Stuparitz
Kerry G6 years ago

I need a bike first! Mine was stolen :( Thanks for the info.

Franco Di Palma
Franco Di Palma6 years ago

Great idea...

Jane Ketterman
Jane Ketterman6 years ago

Great Idea I'm gonna check into a trainer!

Deborah S.
Deborah Servey6 years ago

I need to get a new bike!

Bela W.
Lilian W6 years ago

Great idea! Love it. Thanks

Shirley E.
Shirley E6 years ago

Great idea. I could see that being good for utilising the odd few minutes for a quick pedal when time and inclination clash, and benefiting from the little-and-often approach. Much better than thinking of a solid slog down at the gym!