Many times, I have been defaulting to this:
|My exercise bike. Photobomb by Zoey.|
It has traveled with me ever since, moving to houses in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, and Montana. It once spent a stint on consignment in a used sports equipment store, but nobody bought it and I missed it, so I took it back home. On days where it gets dark before I can exercise, or it's too snowy or icy or cold, I still ride it.
Riding my bike, I watch TV shows I usually don't see (something about people looking for gold in Greenland, and people who weigh 600 pounds) and I get caught up on magazines. I can look outside and see snow falling on the trees and deer walking through the forest.
It's kind of boring. It's not like running in the woods, or hiking up a mountain. It's not even like riding a real bike. I'm not going anywhere. But it makes my legs stronger, and builds different muscles than running or the elliptical. And I'll never forget how this bike saved me when I was a broken runner who didn't know if I'd be able to hike or climb or run again. Riding it, I felt some sense of control, and eventually the hope that I would have a full recovery. If I move again, it's coming with me.