2000-10-14 / Sports

Fitness Forum

QUESTION
Dear Shaun,
By Shaun Ruskin

QUESTION
Dear Shaun,

About six months ago, I bought a treadmill to use at home. Every morning I wake up looking at it beside my bed. I always tell myself I’m going to jump on it, but I’ve probably used it a total of five times since we bought it. I’m sure other people have this problem, so what do you tell them?

Mike

ANSWER

Mike,

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve passed through someone’s house, only to see a piece of equipment being used to hang dirty clothes. Whether they’re dangling from the handlebars of an exercise bike, or grasping to the grips of a treadmill, they’re no longer exercise equipment, they’ve now become furniture.

Nevertheless, many people do have this problem. But have no fear, because there are some sure shot solutions in store for you. First, get the treadmill out of your bedroom. Put it in the basement, the kitchen, the hallway, the laundry room, the bathroom, anywhere but in that bedroom. When people vision their bedroom, they tend to equate it with a place of rest, and why shouldn’t they. The last thing you want to do when you step foot in your bedroom is to step foot on a treadmill. Think about it…if you’re tired after work, or even before work, what would you rather do. Sixty minutes of exercise, or 60 minutes of rest? It’s a tough decision, I know. The bed is right there, two feet away from you. what’s it gonna be baby?

Now, after the treadmill has been relocated, your next step is to set a time to use it each day. If you simply tell yourself to make sure to get on it at some point, it just won’t happen. You’ll think of 50 other tasks that are more important, like rearranging your dirty clothing hanging from it. But if you set a specific time to exercise at the beginning of each day (just like lunch-time, nap time, time to go to work, etc…) then it becomes part of your daily activities, and chances are you’ll do it.

The truth is, there are very few of us who can actually work out at home successfully. If you’re up for it Mike, it definitely helps to get out of the house and join a gym.

So, head over to that pile of clothes mounted on your treadmill and pick out something nice to wear. Just make sure it’s clean, set a time to work out, and simply enjoy. That’s it, oh, and I’ll see you at the gym, because I’m not about to venture into anybody’s bedroom.

Shaun

Shaun’s Thinking Out Loud:

A week doesn’t go by without me hearing someone say " I’d rather enjoy my food, drink boos, party, and die five years earlier, rather than eat healthy and take care of my body, only to live an extra five years." Now, that’s all fine and dandy, but keep in mind, that even if that phrase holds true (it doesn’t), it isn’t only the last five that matter. It’s more rational to think about the quality of life for your last 30 years. Would you rather be constantly sick, and frequently on antibiotics, or have your health? Remember, there’s nothing wrong with blissful eating, partying, and having a good time…hell, I’m up for it. Just as long as it’s done in moderation.

Pictured here with Shaun Ruskin is Harbor Health & Fitness owner, President Bill Clinton.


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