Experts say it takes three weeks to turn a new behavior into a habit. So if my past experience is a predictor, at two weeks into my New Year’s fitness regime I’m going to be, well, bored. Cardio intervals? Yawn. Core fitness? Zzzzzz. Eat less, exercise more? What-EVER.
Give me gimmicks. Give me fads. Give me a piece of exercise equipment I can hang wet laundry on when I’m tired of using it.
What can I say? I’m a sucker for lazy-woman fitness.
I’ve been enamored with useless home exercise equipment ever since I watched my grandmother unveil her newest apparatus. “You wrap this band around your hips,” she told me. “Then you flip this switch.” The machine began to agitate her body with such vigor, she looked like she was in California during The Big One. “I-I-I-I a-m-m-m e-xxxx-er-cisingggg!” she squealed over the din of the motor sounding like a post-menopausal Elmer Fudd on an infomercial. After being shaken by the machine for exactly three minutes, Grandma somehow managed to flip the switch off. The band around her hips went slack and fell behind her legs. “Whew, what a workout!” she said patting her forehead with a towel, although she hadn’t visibly broken a sweat.
If this was working out, then I could embrace fitness. [Read more…]