It’s confusing at the most and puzzling at the least. There are gyms and exercise “salons” scattered everywhere and most seem to be doing a barrel house business. Turn on the TV any time of the night or day and you’ll be bombarded with commercials and infomercials for the latest equipment and a few of the old standbys. So…how do you sort through it? Which one is actually best for you?
Actually, the answer is quite easy. There’s a big debate going on in some of the Christian communities about which Bible translation is best. I was listening to Jonathan Gallagher on PineKnoll give the shortest, simplest and most logical answer I’ve ever heard. “It’s the one you read.” With a bit of tweaking, the same thing can be applied to exercise. “It’s the one you DO.”
You can have the best and most equipment in the world but if you let it gather dust or turn it into a clothes rack, it doesn’t benefit you at all. Gym memberships are sold by the thousands but does everyone who has one make it a habit to go work out? No. There is a myriad of
excuses reasons why not but a lot boil down to either a lack of commitment or a lack of time. That’s why I favor doing what is easiest for me.
I’m going to go through some of the equipment that’s available to all of us. I’ll start with the least expensive and go to the most. It won’t be comprehensive by any means, but you might be able to pinpoint something that will work for you.
First, if you have a high speed Internet connection, there are plenty of exercise videos online. Check out Exercise TV or that old standby, YouTube. Google “online exercise” and you’ll find lots more. Find one that doesn’t use any equipment at all and you aren’t out anything except the time it takes to do it and the flab that will be history.
Walking doesn’t cost anything. Neither does jogging or running. You probably have a good pair of shoes languishing in your closet and, unless you are going to get into it whole hog, they will probably be sufficient. For sure, if you only get to do it intermittently like I do.
Put on a CD with some lively music and dance, dance, dance! Move those arms and legs! Jump and jive! Do it until you are sweating and breathing heavy.
How about going to the local discount store and buying a jump rope? Start out slow and easy with this one if you are part of my age group. You don’t want to get tangled up, fall and have to make a trip to the emergency room. That would wipe out any of the savings you realized on equipment and possibly put an end to any kind of exercise for a while. Then there’s the old hula hoop. You can buy the El Cheapos at Wally World or, if you are hardcore into it, go to Amazon to find one that’s made especially for working out. The same goes for jump ropes. You can buy the latter in bulk and get your friends and family involved.
How about an exercise ball? I got one for my height and weight along with a pump for $10 at Wally World. If you are ‘way out in the boonies or on a deserted island somewhere, it’s Amazon to the rescue again. If you have Prime and want it right away, click on the link on the left side of the page that says “Prime Eligible” and you can have it in your hot little hands in two days. Of course, it might take longer to get to the deserted island but for most of us, two days.
Then there are bands. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, with and without handles.
Heavy Hands are something I’ve looked at for a long time. They can start out fairly cheap and then get into some more serious money. From what I’ve heard, they can go a long way toward toning the arms and shoulders. One person I know uses them while walking.
Want a program that doesn’t cost much and uses no equipment at all? That would be the Lightning Speed Exercise Program my friend and mentor, Roger Haeske, has perfected. I need to get back into it. I can do a lot of that at work with no problem.
Here’s where my old friend, the rebounder, comes in. While I have it in the “reasonable” category, it can cost upwards of over $800 if you get the top of the line. However, some of the less expensive ones are fine. They might not last quite as long but some people like to buy less expensive and then go with a better one. Me, I went with the Cellerciser and I’ve never regretted it. Its price might edge up into the expensive range but, if you saved your change like I did, you can afford it.
Like to be in the great outdoors? Maybe a bicycle is the answer. That can get into some money, too, with the helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and general padding I’d have to have to keep from injuring myself.
Something that can go into some bucks is the OmGym. It looks like it would be for someone younger than I am but maybe I’m limiting myself. At any rate, it isn’t something I can afford but I do believe it would be fun.
There are weights and barbells and ab crunchers and ellipticals and on and on and on. My suggestion is, if you want something really badly, find a friend who has what you want and beg, borrow or steal a session and make sure it’s what you really want before you lay out the money.
In the meantime, move!