For years, I dreamed about getting into shape. I had always been a very slim child and was far more muscular than anything else well into my young adulthood. Unfortunately, some physical issues coupled with the psychological challenges that went with them eventually caused me to stop working out and before I knew it, I had gained so much weight that was the heaviest I had ever been. The real issue was that I had never actually seen myself that way, even though I’m sure other people did. Instead, I still saw myself as the relatively slim individual that I had been throughout most of my adult life, even though I knew that I was no longer the muscular, strong person I once was. Then, I saw a picture of myself with a friend and I realized how out of control my weight had truly become.

After feeling depressed and frustrated about my situation for a few days, I finally allowed reality to sink in and then I decided that the only way to correct the situation was to do something about it. I figured that I had two options. I could sit around and be sad and depressed about my weight gain or I could make the choice to put myself in control, lose the weight and get healthier. I knew that I would have to go at a slower pace than I had ever gone before, thanks to my health concerns. I also knew that being overweight was only making those concerns worse and that nothing would improve until I made the choice to improve them on my own. I set out to find a way that I could get in shape without putting too much stress on my body.

In previous years, I got in shape by running, climbing stairs with weights attached and any number of other tasks that would make most people decide to turn and run away. I knew that would not work this time so I was going to have come up with something new. I started thinking about exercise bikes and the more I thought about them, the more I began to think that this would be the perfect solution. I could use it without stressing my body too much and get in shape at my own pace. Better yet, as my fitness level increased, I could increase the level of the workout and make it more intense in order to give myself a fresh challenge. I finally decided to seriously investigate purchasing one and found a lot of the answers that I needed concerning allround information.

Eventually, I had my exercise bike in my house. I loved the fact that I could exercise any time that it was convenient for me, regardless of what it was like outside. I could also do it in the comfort of my own home without having to worry about being judged by anyone else or allowing other people to see my struggles when I was having a bad day. Before I knew it, the pounds started to melt away. Better yet, I felt stronger physically and as far as the way it made me feel mentally, I thought I was on top of the world. It completely changed my outlook about my body and it made me realize that even though I was facing challenges regarding my health, I could still be the best that I could possibly be at the time. I realized that I still was in charge of my health even if there were some things happening that were beyond my control.

This completely changed my life. The great thing is that a lot of the health problems that seemed to plague me a few short years ago don’t seem like such a big deal anymore. Sometimes it is hard for me to believe that so much has changed because I made the decision to do one thing in order to put myself back in control. However, that is exactly what happened and I can’t imagine what my life would be like now if I had not made that decision then. Obviously, the exercise bike has become my new favorite way to stay healthy.