A Perfect Time to Get in Shape

With the really, really big holidays just around the corner, is it time to review those  New Year’s resolutions made in haste last January and restart your resolve to “get in shape” and “lose that flab?” Getting fit is the #1 New Year’s resolution. It’s also the one first abandoned early in February when sweating through spin classes and rowing competitions suddenly lose their appeal.

But there’s so much else to do. How about the instant gratification of finishing off the leftover peanut butter cups before they get stale? After all – they are the “fun size.” Maybe, working on your holiday wish list by adding the latest exercise monstrosity with its rubber-handled, spring-loaded exercise gizmos could count as “restarting” your exercise? And don’t forget to add the latest in athleisure fashion – you can’t show up at the gym in last year’s sweatpants.

So why is it so difficult to stay fitness-enthused?

  • Life is much easier for us than it was for Cro-Magnon Man. Fitness was not a luxury – it was a necessity – if you wanted to stay NOT DEAD. The flinging about of rocks, spears, and clubs not only improved early man’s cardio and sprinting; it also acquired one’s dinner – rather than becoming someone’s else’s.
  • The original Olympics weren’t intended as a show of one’s amazing pecs for adoring females. They were intended to tune up a soldier’s javelin-throwing, chariot-racing, and hand-to-hand wrestling skills to go to war.
  • Modern technological advances in home appliances moved mankind away from hunting and gathering, farming, and black-smithing into carpooling and smoothie blending.
  • The phenomenon of “the gym” arrived in the 20th Century when the popularity of jogging moved indoors to treadmills, Nautilus machines, and exercise videos. And the tedium could be avoided with new-fangled distractions like TV.

So here we are, trying to decide if it’s chic to wear the latest hoodie or yoga pants to the Board Meeting. We have the union of luxury with comfort and the dilemma of choosing just the right sweats to go with a professional black cardigan, over a designer white tee, topped off with a fitted baseball cap, and white high-top tennis shoes. So maybe all that walking the mall and shopping can count as exercise? I know we can do it – with just a little more effort and a lot more walking.


↑How we see ourselves in the gym↑

↓How others see us in the gym↓


2 thoughts on “A Perfect Time to Get in Shape

  1. I’ve heard that that home exercise equipment is easy to get used. People buy new ones when they plan to get fit, and the machine gathers dust. Then the owners donate them or sell them cheap. Just human nature, I guess.

  2. We own one of the original ski machines sold by NordicTrack back in the 1980s. I use it almost daily for a 24 minute “walk.” (Certainly is nice when the weather outside doesn’t cooperate.) What I like: there’s no plug to push in the wall socket – the energy expended is 100% from ME. I have done this Weight Watchers routine daily for about 30 years. We have had to purchase replacement parts on the internet because the original manufacturer no longer supports it. It is much more convenient than going to the gym and less expensive too.

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