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clearmri

Exercise bike?

Was talking to a neighbour last night, he was a Rugby coach/physio for many years. He suggested getting an exercise bike, no way I could ride a 'normal' bike as I have no balance! What do you think? Find it hard to swim as problems with my numb arm, plus driving to pool as vision problems and grip issues. Tried exercise DVDs but again can't do arm exercises. Fatigue is a big problem, but sure I could start little and build up? Don't want to make the pains in my legs worse.

Stumbler

@Stumbler

I use an exercise bike, just to try and keep things working. I can only manage 1Km, in chunks, which isn't terrific, but I do try and do it daily. Yes, you shouldn't fall of it, but you might need a "step" to get on the bike. Try a book or something to assist mounting the bike.

markms

@markms

try a cross trainer i have one it does help and its alot easyer or if you cant do that one with a seat they are good every little helps.

Stumbler

@Stumbler

I'd see if you can get out and have a go and see what you think. If it's a case of you can't get out, then it's down to cost and what you fancy. Just remember, when you're managing MS, little and often is better than a long session.

markms

@markms

i have seen some were they are powered and you can sit in a chair to get you going and argos do the none powered just pedals nothing els just to get you going not sure if any use that kind?

loulou

@loulou

I swear by my IJoy Twist, especially as you have balance problems like I do, It is especially designed to work on your back, inner thigh and especially your core which is what we MS'ers need, its good fun and you can really get into the swing of it, I watch TV while on mine, I do use it 5 days a week for 45 mins, am a good girl, Ive lost 6lbs on it so far!, I really do rate this little machine, it has different speeds, perhaps google it! x

scotkiwi

@scotkiwi

Yes yes yes !!! I am ok with balance (until I have a fall...) and bike 8 miles a day to/from work. The speed/time each day depends on fatigue, but I find it fantastic to keep me moving and healthy. Plus being outside is awesome. To bike - either stationary or on the road - is a great help and I highly recommend it (even more than the gym) I only have one rule.... No lycra. Ever.

Becks

@Becks

i'm with loulou on the ijoy twist - i bought one on the back of her recommendation - my physio has checked it out and approved of what it can do for my core muscles so happy days :-)

loulou

@loulou

Cheers necks Mornin!!! Have a good day, will mail u later xxx

loulou

@loulou

Blinking predictive..... Meant BECKS!!! X

clearmri

@clearmri

I am watching an exercise bike on eBay, will look into the I joy twist aswell. But thing is my fatigue is bad, can't be bothered to cook, so how will I force myself to use the bike?

Stumbler

@Stumbler

Well, if you can manage to get on it safely (it needs concentration), then you do what your fatigue allows you. I manage 1Km in chunks of 20/25m and this takes me around 3 minutes. That's enough for me and my fatigue. But, at least it's doing something. :)

loulou

@loulou

Thats a point, a three wheeler, perfect for those with balance probs, PASHLEY are quality bikes, they do three wheelers hold their value too, personally I cant see myself on one though!, much prefer the TRAMPER TWS off-roader with the big tyres, featured on top gear,(yeah ok.....its powered) !!!

markms

@markms

loulou you should see my ride TGA VITA well good yes its powered but what the hell lol

markms

@markms

loulou you should see my ride TGA VITA well good yes its powered but what the hell lol

loulou

@loulou

Hey Mark!, just looked it up, very spaceage!!!

jat721

@jat721

I purchased this in the spring: http://www.amazon.com/Body-Champ-BRM3671-Cardio-Trainer/dp/B002JB40JU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344172592&sr=8-1&keywords=dual+trainer Despite the mixed reviews I love it. I think it's really good quality, much better than I was expecting it to be. I'm with <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/Stumbler/' rel='nofollow'>@stumbler</a> though. I can usually only last a few minutes at a time!! Ha ha