One of my personal goals this year — the year I’ll be reaching the big Three-Oh — is to get into better physical shape. It’s been a goal of mine for a while, but working, driving, working more, sleeping, and seeing my girlfriend always seem to take precedence and leave me with precious little time. Since I don’t get myself out of the apartment most of the time, I’ve been considering purchasing a treadmill in order to save time by exercising while cooking.
The main problem with treadmills and other exercise equipment is that they’re big and expensive. I’ve been told that a “good” treadmill can cost more than one thousand — even more than two thousand — dollars. I was looking at a couple in the $400 – $600 range. Even at that price, I’m not sure I can justify the expenditure.
I could join the gym at work for $25 per month, but then I’d have to arrive earlier in the morning or leave later in the evening, and I already spend so much of my time there when commuting and working overtime are taken into account.
My best option might just be to concentrate on crunches and push ups — exercises not requiring equipment — and walking or jogging when the weather is nice. I’m not convinved that when I do crunches and push-ups, I’m doing them correctly.
If anyone happens to know of any great resources for starting a fitness program on a budget (money and time), I’d be happy to hear all about them.