Exercise is not my favorite. I am the queen of whining while I am exercising. Just ask the women that I worked out with every morning for several years. They joked about who would be the whiny butt whenever I had to miss.
However, I did recently realize that my physical limitations are more than just a lazy luxury on my part. I realized that my ability to be involved in ministry is definitely limited by my physical laziness. For example, say God needs somebody to go to Patagona. No way could I hike through the Andes mountains. Or on a more frequent basis....it's a killer to set up for church every Sunday when you are out of shape.
Okay....vanity too.... I don't like the fluffy midsection that magically appears in all my photos.
So...how to get in shape? What's effective for a lazy, unmotivated person? Well, I have tried everything at some point. Working out with friends is very effective for me, but my friends' schedules keep us from hooking up anymore. I attended exercise classes on a regular basis when the kids were little. But I have never been able to force myself to go to the gym alone, or to work out regularly by myself at the house. I can always find something else to do instead!
But, I'm giving it one more chance. I ordered wii fit and wii trainer. For those of you who are interested, wii fit is a video game based workout. You pick the game you want to play, and the game forces you to work out. The game keeps track of your weight, time exercised, and improved levels of fitness. I tried it out tonight... reluctantly. And after logging in over an hour of play time, I think I may like it. The kids ended up fighting me for turns on the thing. I had a great time, and am very sore. I will let you know how it all plays out in the end. Shawn hula hooping was awesome!!!!
Now for my opinion of the wii trainer. This does not require any extra equipment. It works similar to an exercise video. It also tracks your weight and fitness levels. It was not a "fun game" like the wii fit. However, it was superior to an exercise video in that it constantly adjusts the fitness program to meet your goals. Also adjusts difficulty based on your feedback. Not as cool as wii fit, but not a bad tool either. Much cheaper at $30 than the wii fit at over $100.
These are my initial impressions. I don't remember the last time I worked out for a couple of hours and wasn't whining. I'll keep you posted on the results. Especially after the new wears off and my schedule is back to its crazy self.