I just read a blog post entitled, “Exercise Equipment You Don’t Need” by Kalvin Chinyere, M.D., whose blog, ‘Dr. Kal’s Weight Loss Tips’ , includes some wise and down-to-earth advice, so you should check it out.
Included was this little gem to a reader,
“Always establish the habit for free if you can. Then spend money on it.”
When it comes spending money on exercise equipment, this comment is worth more than its weight in dumbbells. How many of us have decided we’ve had enough with our unhealthy ways and on the spur of the moment decided to join a fitness club, order a major piece of exercise equipment or, in my case, watched an exciting tennis match, then decided I should invest several hundred dollars in a new tennis racquet, when I hadn’t been on a court in years.
In the past I’ve kidded myself into believing if I made a big financial commitment I’d surely make the behavior changes necessary to get off my butt. Afterall, who wants to waste money – especially in these economic times? Sometimes spending money can be a motivator, but most of the time I think it’s a smokescreen we send up in an effort to prove to ourselves we’re serious this time! (Anyone wondering what your treadmill would look like without all those clothes draped over it?).
Sometimes, it’ s best to start at the beginning. Engage in something you’ll enjoy that’s doable, then see what happens. Why not share your best story about ‘the stupidest fitness purchase I ever made’, I’m sure there’s been at least one!