Everyone wants to get in shape, firm up and look good, especially this time of the year. It can be done. Exercise works, but exercise is also work. I manage to get my butt to the gym maybe twice a week, but it is not fun. Mrs. C wants to tighten up a muscle or three, but she seems to be convinced it can be done without work, she even thinks exercise can be fun.
I keep telling her, a tread mill, walking, pushups and so on is the only way, there is no easy exercise and there clearly is no fun exercise…well there is that, but two minutes a week don’t burn many calories.
Mrs. C is an easy mark for the “as seen on TV” exercise equipment crap.
She has a machine in the bedroom that you swing back and forth on your knees. It might work on the abs, but it is not that easy…that is why it might work. This machine serves as a place to hang clothes and a trap for me to trip on and maybe break my neck.
|Not even that good for hanging clothes|
She has a thing you wrap around your waist and hit a button, an electrical current works your muscles while you watch TV. It tingles and scares the crap out of you. It is in a box somewhere.
|I don't think so!|
Mrs. C bought one of those shake things for toning her arms. It looks like you are pleasuring the machine, and it does nothing for the arms.
|Does nothing except look obscene|
I did buy a “Total Gym” machine advertised by Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley. It is a work out, it is not easy, but ten minutes will work all your muscle groups. This machine works by using the weight of your body. The higher you tilt the machine, the greater the resistance. Mrs. C does not like the machine at my level of resistance and it is a pain to adjust it, so she will not use this machine that actually is pretty good.
|Actually works, but it is work|
The other night she brought home a new contraption. It is a $40 plastic curved piece of crap that you stand on and do the twist. Why you can’t achieve the same thing by doing the twist in your stocking feet ala Chubby Checker I don’t know, but it does look like fun on the TV commercial.
Not fun! It ain’t as easy as it looks like on TV. I almost broke my neck three times before I gave up on it. Even holding on to the wall this thing is dangerous. Mrs. C tried it and had about the same success as I did. It is a torn cartilage waiting to happen, and you can’t even hang clothes on it. Both of us could lose a pound or two and tone up a bit, but it is not worth this devil device.
If only I could make walking around the block and doing a few push-ups look like fun.