Is the treadmill/elliptical/stationary bike/weight bench you purchased with all the best intentions currently the world’s most expensive coat rack?
You’re not alone.
I used to have a Nordic Track cross country skier that became a piece of dusty modern art after the first three times I used it. (I know I totally just dated myself. In fact, I looked up Nordic Track to find a picture to show you and it's now called "Classic Nordic Track". If anything is a euphemism for older than I think it should be it's "classic". Sigh...) The only person I’ve ever encountered who was really into using their home fitness equipment was whoever lived in the unit above my partner’s last apartment. He diligently used his Nordic Track for what seemed like hours. I was torn about this because as a “fitness professional” I applauded his efforts. However, as the “couch potato” 10 feet below him all I wanted to do was spend a relaxing evening watching TV, not listening to the swoosh swoosh swoosh of the machine (or the guilt guilt guilt in my own head for not being as industrious).
A Nordic Track - now called a "Classic Pro Skier"
I know that one of the secrets to his success was that his Nordic Track was in his living room. (Mine was in an unheated part of an uninsulated apartment. Go figure why I never used it.) What I’d venture to guess is that part of Nordic Track Man’s diligence stemmed from the fact that he could watch TV while on the machine. For most people, it is infinitely easier to exercise if you have something to distract yourself with – TV, music, books, trashy magazines. I had a friend in college who would get really interesting (i.e. juicy and non-educational) books or books on tape and wouldn’t allow herself to read or listen to them unless she was on a treadmill or bike. She learned early on that self-bribery is a completely legitimate form of motivation.
If you have a piece of cardio equipment languishing in the corner of your bedroom, your basement, or under a mountain of stuff in your so called office I’d like you to take a moment to think about what would make you get on it again. Does it involve moving it to another location? Cleaning out a closet to get the stuff off of it? Setting up a TV, Bluetooth speaker, or a lamp for reading? What would it really take?
Alternatively, if it's just gathering dust, taking up space and causing existential dread why not get rid of it? Take a picture and offer it to your Facebook friends or here on the DailyUV Market page.
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