I am now looking into purchasing yet another piece of exercise equipment. As I rehab my broken leg, getting it to pedal a bicycle turns out to be important…and difficult. I’m really working on my flexibility but I need to do it more often than at the physical therapist’s a couple of times a week.
It got to thinking how many pieces of equipment I’ve purchased over the years. There’s the bands, the jump rope, the free weights. The exercise balls (of several sizes), the bosu ball, the puffy disks that you can sit or stand on. Pedometer and heart rate monitor.
And then there’s the larger pieces. I bought my first “big” piece of equipment after Son1 was born–a rowing machine. That killed me. It didn’t make it to Son2’s birth before it was sent to the big Thrift Store in the Sky. Next, I had a jogging stroller. I liked that, but then Son2 did come along, so I needed something I could do while littlest one napped and the other did something constructive (read: parked in front of the TV, IIRC). I bought a used exercise bike that I eventually used as a clothes hanger until we got rid of it. Then it was a treadmill, that became a clothes hanger until Surfer Guy gave it to his parents.
A year or so later, I really wanted a treadmill again, so we bought another one. But when a knee injury sidelined me (a different injury than current one) we bought an elliptical bike. Had that until a month before I broke my leg. Crazed by inactivity after broken leg and ensuing surgery, I bought something called a “Cardio Cruiser” that is sort of a sitting elliptical machine. But the leg goes back and forth and not around so…
I need an upright stationary bike. Yeah, similar to the one I had like four machines ago. Thank goodness for Craig’s List! It’s possible there are only a dozen pieces of equipment in the SoCal area and we keep trading them around. Today after physical therapy, I will be adding to my collection.
Do you have a favorite piece of exercise equipment? Or are you like me who keeps playing musical machine?