my morning exercise routine consists of 30 minutes on a lifefitness 95xi, usually in the “cascades” hill mode at level 12. (i don’t own the machine, i walk five blocks to the downtown ymca. since it is up a hill from me, that also serves as my warmup and cool-down.)

i had gone into this exercise thing with the idea that a recumbent bike would be for me, but i found it to be less than satisfying. part of it was because my right foot would often cramp up, for no apparent reason.