The Peloton Cycle (www.PelotonCycle.com)
I purchased one of these amazing machines in early-December 2015. I was in the middle of this strange phase of transformation. I knew my life wasn’t working, and I couldn’t take it anymore. But I had no idea what to do next. I was looking for as much support as I could get.
An ad for this indoor cycle (“Spinning bike or Spinner” as it’s otherwise known, though that’s only a certain brand) came up on my Facebook feed. Must be because of my interests in weightlifting and bodybuilding. I followed my gut and clicked the ad. I felt this may be a way to finally lose the extra 30 pounds I’d put on in recent years. To finally get back to regular cardiovascular exercise. Back to when I was 18-22 years old and felt AMAZING everyday (physically at least). I needed the self-esteem boost, too. I knew that losing weight and looking better wouldn’t hurt my efforts to transform my life.
It was expensive, and I was scared, but ordered it anyway. Zero interest on a one-year payment plan is pretty, pretty, pretty sweet. I paid $187.08/month for 12 months. I was hooked from day one. My first live class on the 24″ flatscreen and I knew I’d found a unique, motivating way to get back in shape.
It’s September 4th, 2016 and I’ve lost 30 pounds so far, while gaining attractive muscle tone in my legs. That’s about a pound a week, perfectly sustainable and healthy. Losing weight at this pace gives time for your body’s metabolism to adjust. You will have the best chance at keeping the weight off long-term.
I look younger, feel happier, and have a mental clarity and discipline I haven’t felt in years. Life is still a struggle many days, I’m still accepting mistakes and regrets of my past, but my 4-5 weekly cardio sessions on my Peloton Indoor Cycle make life easier. It gives me something to look forward to. A way to flush my soul of pain and frustration. Instead of hitting the bar, or calling a toxic ex-girlfriend, I will exercise. Or I’ll simply feel my pain, sure. But the exercise is what made this mental shift possible!
The mind-body connection is so powerful. You must experience it to know its meaning. A famous Latin saying is Mens sana in corpore sano, which means “healthy mind in a healthy body.” Even the Romans knew the close relationship between our mental and physical conditions. When you engage the body you will energize and strengthen the mind. Even more amazing, when you begin to develop the powers of acceptance, stillness and emotional discipline – your body will get stronger and more responsive in return!
My progress and transformation would NEVER have been possible without regular aerobic exercise. It is a massive pillar in my life. And it should be in yours as well. I hope you will give it a chance. I didn’t bother to insert footnotes and scientific evidence in this post. Do I really need to convince you that your body composition and heart health are important?
All I ask is for you to give it a chance. If you lift now a few times a week, or “run a little,” that’s fantastic. And do not stop. But try gradually adding in regular cardiovascular exercise. At a low to medium intensity several times a week, with one or two intense sessions, where you’re really out of breath.
Let me know what you think, and ask me any questions if you have them. I’m here for you and I believe in you. If I can do this, YOU can definitely do this. Whether it’s a Peloton Cycle (www.pelotoncycle.com) or Spinning at your local gym or cycling studio (way better option.. local gym’s spinning classes are usually awful) It could be regular running or a class. Just get in your cardiovascular exercise and keep it sustainable. You’ll be well on your way to developing the solid foundation you need to sustain real life change. I love you, be well.