I'm sure I'm not the only one who has ever wished there was a bit of magic embedded in their exercise equipment. It would make for a lot fewer machines being used as coat racks and clothes hangers, for sure. I mean really, why do we have to burn 3,500 calories just to lose one measly pound of fat? And using stationary bikes, elliptical machines, treadmills and the like can be so freaking boring! When I'm ambitious enough to actually use my bike or treadmill, it can be really hard to do it with any enthusiasm unless I let my mind start daydreaming. Most equipment has a display that tells you the time you've been exercising, the distance, and calories burned (however grossly inaccurate that last one may be!). It's hard to feel like I'm making any difference when an hour walk on the treadmill barely burns 300-something calories. Gee, at this rate it'll only take 11 hours to burn off one pound of fat. Oh, goody! At least the stationary bike burns a few more calories - closer to 500 in a hour at my weight. That whittles it down to only 7 hours per pound. Can you see why I need some sort of more optimistic distraction to motivate myself?
3 days ago