Maintenance – Schwinn 117P/217P User Manual

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■ Moving your 117p/217p bike

Carefully push the handlebars down to move and steer the 117p bike

to another location (fig. 6). Carefully lift the horizontal rear floor

support to move and steer the 217p bike to another location (fig. 7).

Be gentle while moving the unit as any sharp impact directly or

indirectly to the computer can affect computer operation.

■ Daily maintenance

Use a damp cloth to wipe your 117p/217p bike and computer free of

sweat. IMPORTANT: To avoid damaging the finish on your 117p/217p

bike and computer, never use a petroleum-based solvent when

cleaning. Avoid getting excessive moisture on the computer.

■ Installing new computer batteries

Your 117p/217p bike comes complete with computer batteries. Signs

that batteries need to be replaced include: fading LCD display; erratic

function; or failure to turn on when the POWER button is pushed or

when the pedals are put into motion. To install new batteries, follow

these simple steps: 1. Remove the battery cover from the rear side

of the computer. 2. Remove existing batteries and insert fresh AA

batteries (Fig. 8).



Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D.

■ Getting the Most Out of Your Home Fitness Program

The three main reasons for the increased popularity of home fitness gyms

and exercise are convenience, convenience and convenience. For any fitness
program to be successful, it must be done on a regular, sustained basis. With
equipment in your home, you can roll out of bed, put on a pair of sweats, and
start working out while the coffee is brewing.

For many, home workouts are easier to fit into their hectic schedules.

No getting in the car and having to go to the health club. No standing in
line to use the stair climber. Then there is the comfort and safety factor.
Who wants to run outdoors during a raging blizzard. Or, who wants to ride
a bike on busy city streets during rush hour in the heat of summer. It's
much more comfortable to hop on your Schwinn home fitness equipment
and exercise in the comfort and security of your air-conditioned room.

Privacy and cleanliness are also important. Many feel intimidated in a gym,

especially if they are carrying around a few extra pounds. At home you can
exercise without feeling as if you are being rushed or that anyone is looking
at you. No more lying down on a sweaty bench or wondering if you'll catch
athlete's foot in the shower.

Flexibility of time may be the biggest advantage. Work schedules vary for

many people who work flex shifts or have a family that has different schedules.
Parents with children soon discover that exercising at home turns out to be
the only viable alternative if they want to stay fit. But parents and busy workers
may not be the only ones who benefit from exercising at home.

■ The Stanford Home Exercise Study

Recently, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine,

conducted a year long study of over 350 individuals to examine the
effectiveness and compliance of a group of supervised home exercisers
versus a group of individuals who reported for a group session at the
university. The subject population included middle aged men and women and
included fit individuals as well as individuals who were overweight and smoked.

Individuals in both the high intensity (three 40-minute sessions per week on

the treadmill at a 73 to 88 percent of max heart rate) and low intensity group
(five 30-minute sessions at 60-71 percent of max heart rate) reported
significantly greater adherence than those in the university group based

Many at the beginning of the study thought that the university based

group would have a greater compliance rate than the home based group,
because of the camaraderie of the group and the instruction given by the
instructors. But the study found the opposite to be true. The group program
was just too inconvenient over the 12 month period for the subjects to justify
the benefits.

But the good news was that all three groups showed fitness

improvements. With the individuals in the low intensity group achieving
similar results as the high intensity group. Good news for those of you just
starting out in a moderate exercise program.

Perhaps most importantly, research has also shown that it's never too

late to start exercising . . .and experiencing the benefits. Studies conducted
at Tufts University, for instance, show that even people in their 90's can
significantly increase their strength as a result of following a moderate,
strength training program.

Exercise is one of life's joys. It energizes–it gives you a sense of well-being

and accomplishment and it keeps you healthy and fit. There is great pleasure
in being able to set goals, accept your own challenges and push yourself to a
better life of health and fitness.