Overcoming My Exercise Obstacles

For many people, a new year means new intentions for healthy living.  A new beginning of sorts gives us the opportunity to realize that maybe we should “lose weight,” “eat healthier,” “exercise more.”  I am not a person who ever sets New Year’s Resolutions; but even still, this time of year tends to find me in thought about my health, my eating habits, and my exercise habits.

I think most of the reason a new year causes me to evaluate the former two things–my general health and my eating habits–is that the holidays and their not-so healthy-eating-friendly nature are finally over, allowing me to once again restrengthen my resolve.  But, I think the major reason that January finds me longing for exercise is not because of the new year itself but because of the fact that Winter finds me exercise-less.  Without a gym membership, home exercise equipment, or a warm outdoors to run in, I begin to feel a bit like I am helplessly deteriorating during the coldest months of the year.

Travis and I did have a gym membership a couple years ago–just before and throughout my pregnancy with the twins–but because we had small children and didn’t want to pay extra to bring them along to the gym with us, we found that we simply weren’t able to be consistent in going.  So, having learned from the “stupid tax” (another Dave Ramsey term :-)) of a years’ worth of mostly wasted gym membership dues, we really aren’t considering another gym membership at this stage in our lives.

That leaves us with the option of running outdoors (which I won’t do in cold weather) or exercising at home.  I despise the idea of working out to videos, so, for me, implementing a plan to exercise at home means purchasing some equipment.  As I mentioned in another post, we are working to become debt-free (besides our home) within the next couple months, so the nice and pricey treadmill I’d like to have also isn’t a good option right now.  (It’s beginning to sound like a hopeless cause, right?  I know!)

However… I’m not giving up on my desire to get some exercise yet!  Thanks to my friend Kathleen, my newest idea is to purchase the inexpensive Gazelle Edge.  I’ve never had the opportunity to use one, but I am intrigued by the low price and the fluid, no-impact movement.  Actually, I was pretty much ready to order one yesterday, but I had to wait for an opportunity to discuss it with my husband. :-)

Kathleen loves her Gazelle Edge.  What about you?  Have you used one?  If so, what do you think of it?  Could this inexpensive machine be the means to me gaining an “edge” over my exercise-less self while still remaining “‘gazelle’ intense” in our Total Money Makeover?… I’d love to read your comments about this piece of equipment or any other suggestions you might have for my exercise-deprived self! :-)

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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t used the Gazelle, but I have enjoyed taking classes from the Ankeny Schools Community education. I find it hard to get motivated to work out at home, so forcing myself to attend class makes it easier. I’ve done both Zumba and kickboxing and liked both. They are fairly inexpensive about $5 per class, but it is fun to meet new people and get out of the house. Laura

  2. Kathleen says:

    I hope you like the Gazelle as much as I do :) I use it in front of an old TV we put in our basement and do it while I work on laundry every morning. I watch the news before my hubby goes to work and usually wash and fold a load or two :) If you use it on carpet – put down an old towel or rug so it doesn’t leave marks (indents) in your carpet.

  3. trisha hammond says:

    We used to have a orbitrek elliptical but to get a good work out your suppose to use it for almost and hour. It shortly became a coat hanger. I like my work outs like taking off a band aide. Just do it and get it over with. The Ab Circle is small folds up and stores very nicely. You only have to use it 3 MINUTES A DAY!! For a mama that’s had 4 kiddos you’d really notice a difference in your midsection, really tightens everything up. Google it. Pretty reasonable price. It’s nice to have more than one piece of equipment that way you and your hubby can work out together. I always enjoy having someone to work out with. Good luck!!

  4. September says:

    Angela…

    I know that whatever you choose you will have success with it… you are goal focused and priority focused as well… Let me know how the gazelle works.. In about 14 weeks, I will be ready to “hit the road!”.. I walk up our country hills for three miles as often as I can to shed my baby weight… Hope I have that same motivation and resolve that you have right now. :)
    September