From the time of my marriage to now I’ve spent approximately
Exercise bike: $170.00
1st Treadmill: $300.00 (used)
Richard Simmon’s DVD set of 6 $50.00
2nd Exercise Bike-Glider: $250.00
2nd Treadmill: $700.00
3rd Treadmill: $650.00
TOTAL: $2,120.00 on gym equipment I no longer have.
Where are they now? The first and second exercise bikes ended up in our bedroom for us to throw clothes on until we sold them for a few dollars at a yard sale. The videos were never opened and sold for $3.00. The 1st treadmill I actually used a bit when I was losing weight and it broke. The second treadmill was purchased with the best of intentions but we sold it at a yard sale after having dusted it off really well. The last treadmill we bought once we moved here, but for some reason it hurt my back when I used it, so I sold it to my friend and her husband for $300.00. Yes – they got a deal!
You would think that over the years I would have learned that I don’t do very well with equipment purchases, but I didn’t. In addition to those I listed, I bought numerous books, “as seen on TV” packets of information and joined many classes.
I wasted so much money throughout the years it makes me sick to think about it. I still remember buying those first exercise bikes. I convinced John that I would ride them. They were easy to use, seemed fun in the store and didn’t put stress on my back. I know I rode the first bike once and the second bike three times. I felt guilty every time I looked at the bike so just kept covering them up with clothes.
The videos were easy to stuff in a closet and I learned to ignore the treadmill taking up half the floor space in our bedroom. I ignored them all. And except for the last treadmill, I got annoyed every time I looked at those pieces of equipment.
So I got rid of them. In a strange way every time I got rid of them it was like I was giving up one more time. Fortunately I kept buying equipment and kept trying, because eventually I did find a piece of exercise equipment I enjoyed.
My feet. Once I finally gave it a chance, I discovered that I really enjoyed walking in the fresh air.
So after all that money and all those years of feeling guilty because of dusty exercise equipment I found I had all I needed all along. My feet. I can use my feet on the elliptical or the treadmill, but my favorite way to exercise is to hit the pavement and walk down my road.
How about you? Any exercise lessons learned with equipment purchases? Diane