“The human body is meant for movement. ANY kind of movement. You don’t have to join a pricey gym or train for a triathlon to get great health benefit from exercise. Just being more active every day counts.”
As a motivational speaker on health and fitness I’m never certain how many people these words will influence. I stress that everybody already has a home gym. It’s in the hoisting of a heavy laundry basket or the wielding of the cast iron skillet. More movement awaits them at their dining room chair by doing squats until their muscles are fatigued. Tell me your purse doesn’t feel like a 10 pound hand weight! Do some bicep curls with that oversized thing!
It’s a great reward, therefore, when someone gets back to me and tells me about how they have gone from being a couch potato to moving more every day. One young man in particular comes to mind. Someone who you would never suspect would become a dedicated exerciser. His nickname is Potato (this moniker was bestowed upon him in his youth when he was overweight, apparently he looked just like a potato). Now at the age of 25 the name still sticks and he doesn’t mind at all. This should serve as a clue to the unique personality we’re dealing with here. Anyway, with my cheerleading, Potato decided to start working out at home and bought a set of hand weights. He felt stronger within a week and added a pull-up bar to his doorway. Next came an inversion table and then a punching bag. A stability ball joined his growing pile of equipment. Before each purchase he would ask my opinion and I gave him the O.K.
On a recent trip to a local Goodwill, however, he texted me a photo of what he had already purchased – Suzanne Sommer’s Thighmaster and a bow (without the arrow). Hahaha! Imagine, if you will, this pierced nose, skull-wearing, Satan-worshiping dude working out to heavy metal with this Multi-Joint Move: Pull back on bow (which works posterior deltoid [back of shoulder] and latissimus [bra buldge]) while squeezing knees together (which works adductors [inner thighs])! Hey, I think it’s a great new combo!
So if you’re thinking you can only work out with the latest gadgetry, take a lesson from my young friend who has reached back to Three’s Company and Robin Hood days and take advantage of being more everyday active in your very own home (gym). And remember, fellow motivational speakers, you cannot judge a book by it's cover. Our message doesn't discriminate.
Hmm, as I look around I think I will bench press my very full laundry basket – 12 reps, 2 sets.