Confession, dear readers: I think a strenuous exercise is null. Who wants to work until they are drenched in sweat, feel cramps in their stomachs, out of breath and want to collapse? Ugggh I do not.
But I have to do something with my muffin. These rolls are totally unacceptable.
So I found the easiest way to work without the feeling of exercise. Ready to listen? here:
Step 1: Go to the gym. (Uggh is the hardest part!)
Step 2: Sit on a treadmill or elliptical trainer with a built-in personal television monitor. *
* Note: If your gym does not have a personal TV monitor built into all of your training equipment, it’s time to acquire a new one.
Step 3: Make sure you are in the gym at a time when there is something good on TV. (OK, I guess it’s really part of step 1)
My recommendations? The first two hours “after work” (5 pm to 7 pm) are generally scarce. You can find a funny repeat of Family Guy, but there is not much to do at this time.
The peak hours (7 pm – 10 pm) are rock. Dance with the stars, Bachelorette, 16 years old and pregnant, or for you, theater amateurs and dramatic action, Burn Notice. It is the best time to go to the gym: it is when the best shows are presented.
Do not even think about going on weekends unless you know that a hilarious Adam Sandler movie is playing. Otherwise, you’ll get bored looking at C-SPAN.
Step 4: Place the treadmill or elliptical exerciser at a comfortable and steady pace (I like to walk, yes, walk on the treadmill) and stay there for the next 2 hours. If you travel 20 km, this means that you will have traveled 10 km at the end of your consecutive shows on American Idol.)
Step 5: Celebrate the fact that you walk 6 km a day, 4 or 5 days a week, without feeling exhausted, bored or really without feeling that you are exercising.
Now, there is an important clue that will make sure you really make this work: remove your TV at home. This will require you to go to the gym every time an event appears with a Denzel Washington or Brad Pitt shirtless (or, for you, teenagers, Justin Bieber, appears, even if I do not understand why).
Marie Equi is director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiologic Research CIDER at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. El-Sadr also is a University Professor at Columbia University.