Maintaining my target weight and somewhat managing back pain with a homebrew Peloton bike


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/03/12/maintaining-my-target-weight-a.html


#2

Can’t you play Fortnite (or Apex Legends) whilst on your exercise bike?


#3

I wish. The kind of riding Spin classes encourage is a lot of up and down – I need my hands on the bars.


#4

Have you ever gone to see a physical therapist or even a trainer that knows what they are doing about your back pain?


#5

I’ve been through tons and tons. I refused to let them operate on my spine.


#6

Well I hope things continue trending in a good direction for you. Back pain is awful.


#7

Good luck old chap! Remember your core exercises, the body core has been the road to recovery in my bad back of a life. I learnt many a good home core regiment on youtube’y.


#8

I only skimmed your article, but I can’t see that you mentioned your position on the bike. Poor fit is the most likely cause of your lower back pain. It is worth paying a cycling instructor to help you dial in the seat, handlebars etc.
Next sort out your hamstrings with some yoga/stretching exercises.
Ignoring the pain could in the worst case lead to long term injury.


#9

Spinal Stenosis and deteriorating disc disorder, along with bad posture, lots of air travel, sleeping in bad positions, smoking, drinking and all the various things I did up until I could no longer do them without pain (physical or emotional) are responsible.

I’ve been spinning for years, both in classes and at home. My first job was repairing bicycles and I used to road ride competitively. I am pretty sure my form and set up pass muster. Riding while actively in spasm or with a recent injury is generally not good/must be done very carefully.

I would not have wound up in pain again had I not had to sleep on the floor next to my recovering from Tibial Plateau Leveling for three weeks dog. He started licking the sore knee area 2 weeks before surgery, during our Xmas holiday, and I had to keep him from getting the skin infected and the surgery cancelled. Post-op he was a big baby and wouldn’t let me sleep in a bed for 3 weeks. He is finally letting me sleep without one arm out of the bed on him. 99% of the the time he is SO SNUGGLES but 1% of the time he goes into EXTERMINATE mode.

Also – two spine specialists have told me not to do yoga unless I can find a yoga instructor who is also certified/licensed at physical therapy and has reviewed my MRIs. Pilates with an instructor and a reformer is great – but I prefer the exercises given to me by my last set of Physical Therapists (as referenced in the post and above.) I get PT prescribed and insurance helps pay for it, which makes pilates with an instructor accessible if I am willing to go see my doctor for the write-up. I prefer to do what I am doing at home and feel better than I did when I had regular PT.

Another favorite: traction. Traction does not work for me, but gravity based traction does… Hanging upside down like a bat is fun. GO FIGURE???

I try to write in a manner that explains what works for me, but does not insist it will work for everyone.


#10

Why am I so annoyed with paleton marketing of sticking exercise equipment in picture windows?


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Omg, thank you so much! Im not alone in amusing myself with anger over a stationary bike.


#13

They guy who created that thread to me he ALMOST used my image, not realizing that isn’t a Peloton and I had made a convenient joke.


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Spinal stenosis diagnosed at age 40 with major spinal decompression surgery and fusion over 6 vertebrae (thoracic - extremely rare). I am still working to overcome limitations almost 8 years later. I sometimes regret the surgery but it was either that or paralysis.

Add in early onset arthritis and hip impingement and it’s a miracle I can even walk (one hip replaced already and putting off the other).

I so wish I could ride a bike again. It was one of my supreme joys as a younger man logging thousands of miles on my titanium steed. I keep my old bike hanging on the wall as a motivator to reclaim the saddle someday.

With that said, I hit the gym 4-5 days a week focusing almost exclusively on stretching and strengthening my core. I do a bastardized version of yoga for about an hour a day and after 6 months or so am finally starting to feel some progress. I often feel that I have to work twice as hard to get half as far though.

I have no illusions about being 100% pain free. I have good days and bad days. Keeping the weight off and eating healthy has made a huge difference in my quality of life.

On top of all the other shit I also have a herniated disc in my neck.

Found this on Amazon and it’s really helped. Doesn’t take much. A few mins a day does wonders.


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