Tennis Anyone?

By Cindy Bishop on 11/24/2009
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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!

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  • I have a beautiful, brand-new bike I purchased early last summer. I rode it once. I’m really hoping to turn this into a smart purchase by riding my butt off next spring and summer. I swear.
    .-= Tracey @ I’m Not Superhuman’s last blog post..Finally Fall Asleep: 18 Tips That’ll Do the Trick =-.

  • Cindy says:

    Ahh yes, the bike! I was admiring my new bike just this morning — propped up against the wall of my garage. Right where I left it this summer after riding it about 5 times. ;-(

  • Jaime says:

    I also have owned several bicycle sculptures over the years; all form and no function! The stupidest fitness purchase for me was a contract for a gym membership that included in the teeny tiny print some language that I had joined for life, unless I sent them a certified letter recusing myself. Not sure what the net benefit of that transaction was, though I’m sure the aggravation of extricating myself caused some loss of appetite.

  • Marsha says:

    I’ve got a nice elliptical sitting in my back room. It has made me very aware that I love getting outdoors, so maybe I did get something out of it. Oh, and the hub uses it so it’s not a complete waste.

  • The essentials that I use weekly are my bike, surfboard, and yoga mat. We bought tennis rackets, intending to play a lot since there are some tennis courts nearby, but let’s see, we’ve only played ONCE in the two years since we’ve had them! Haha, I guess my love for tennis playing in high school didn’t really carry on to my adult life :)
    .-= Nutrition to kitchen’s last blog post..Yogurt Panna Cottas with Honey =-.

  • The first time I ever put on a pair of roller blades was in the store, right before I purchased them. Unlike these days when I research everything to death on the internet before making a purchase, when I bought the roller blades, I simply walked into Sports Authority, found a pair that looked pretty, picked up my size and made sure they fit, and walked out with them, along with the proper safety gear of course.

    What I didn’t realize about my lovely new roller blades was that they were actually made for racing. The bearings on them were such that all I had to do was stand up straight in them, and I’d start rolling away. If I put any effort at all into moving, I suddenly felt as though I was going to get pulled over for wreckless speeding.

    In the end, I tried them out a few times, but after falling more than once, I gave up, and have never tried them again. One of these days, I’ll give it another whirl, but not without renting some first to make sure I really like it! (And am not still terrified!)
    .-= Michelle Cantrell’s last blog post..Review of Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules Into Career Success =-.

  • Awwww, man, I love tennis!

    A long time ago my family decided to buy a treadmill… which was never, ever used. Total waste considering we could just go walk outside.
    .-= Mary :: A Merry Life’s last blog post..Bad and Good News + I Want To Do Things! =-.

  • Cindy says:

    I’ve always preferred the outdoors and being from the west coast, the weather cooperates almost every day. I always find it funny, when in the gym that you can be riding a bike, or walking on a treadmill while you’re looking out the windows watching people ride real bikes and walking up a hiking trail.

    Michelle, your roller-blade story made me giggle. Great visual!

  • […] it takes practice, commitment and a strong desire to actually get good at the game, but in the game of tennis, just like in life, sometimes the joy is in just […]

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