My husband is smart enough to not give me a piece of exercise equipment as a gift. This year he tucked an envelope from the bank in my card and said I could buy something for myself.
He then further demonstrated that he does, indeed, listen to me - occasionally - by suggesting a mini-laptop OR an elliptical machine.
Both of you longtime readers are aware that our treadmill doesn't like me. It spontaneously quits after about 20 minutes, emitting a burning smell at the same time. It doesn't do this for my husband, who weighs less than I do. (At one time I thought that would be the worst thing in the world to admit. Clearly I've evolved. Heh.)
The recent inclement weather tipped the scales, so to speak, in favor of getting the elliptical, so we got out yesterday to look for one.
The only place around here to purchase reasonably good quality fitness equipment is Sears. Lemme tell you, Sears ain't what it used to be.
We bought the treadmill there, which was delivered and assembled for a nominal fee. They now contract delivery and installation, and the "nominal" fee was more than $100 bucks!
I will learn by doing, which is, after all, the best way to learn.
And, of course, they didn't have any in stock. Mine will be available for pick-up January 5. There will be more bad weather keeping me indoors this winter, I'm sure of that, so waiting a few more days isn't a big deal. It'll give me time to choose the perfect location for it.
I'm happy with my choice. Unlike a treadmill, an elliptical has no motor, so your body is doing the work. AND the model I chose has a little fan that points toward your face, and an iPod plug-in.
Also? The Fat2Fit guys say ellipticals burn more calories in the same time as other major pieces of fitness equipment. Sold!
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