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Fittingly Mad: You Mean I Have To Use It?

Why is it so hard to exercise at home? It feels like it is so much harder to work out at home than at the gym. We bought an elliptical machine recently. We moved furniture around our gear laden household to accommodate it (they're pretty big don't ya know). We thought it would be convenient and that we'd use it all the time. In my head I heard myself saying "Hold that thought. I'm just going to jump on the elliptical." But you know what? I have never said that.

There seems to be some kind of mind/body disconnect. Just because I see it everyday doesn't mean I am getting any benefits from it. Just owning it is not enough. You have to actually USE it. I have a lot of excuses. I tell myself that I'll use it early in the morning. But then the kids wake up early. I tell myself I will use it after the kids go to bed. But at that point of the day folding laundry, ironing, dusting, anything sounds better than that.

Aaaggghhh. Sometimes the things that are good for you are so hard to do.

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BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I can tolerate the elliptical more now, ever since JennaV told me her routine, do it for an hour, rotating forward to reverse every 15 mins. Reverse is HARD! But WOW it is going to do wonders on my tush!
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 10 years
I could have written that post myself. I have good intentions every day of jumping on my elliptical, but there is always something else that gets in the way. I need some sort of motivation!
kellyanne kellyanne 10 years
Girl, you are preaching to the choir on this one. I, too, am the proud owner of an elliptical machine. When I used to belong to the gym it was my favorite machine, so I thought it was so much more practical to bring one home and stop burning money on gym fees. However, there it sits in the corner. I tell myself that today will be the day, however I can always come up with a reason to do anything but get my butt on that machine. When I do use it, I feel great and always wonder why I don't do this more often... maybe tomorrow...
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