Part II: In 2011, I'll Quit Cursing, Watching Football, etc etc yeah yeah we know (Thursday)

(Start with "Tuesday" if you can. Take your time. If you start doing work too early in the day on January 6th, the higher-ups will expect you to be conscientious and hard-working for the rest of the year.) So, what were we talking about? Oh right: Making physical exercise part of your New Year's resolutions and the benefits of said resolution for the infertile. We were discussing how to and not to join a gym... One last note on that... before joining any gym: Take a good, hard, look at the people who go there.

And I'm not talking about the poor fashion choices people make at the gym. You probably don't want to look too hard at those:  The guy with the tight spandex bike shorts who's watching himself lift weights in the mirror; the woman running full speed uphill on the treadmill without benefit of a sports bra or any other bra for that matter; or the guy sweating profusely because he's running around the track in jeans for no apparent reason.

Groucho Marx is famous for saying:  "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member." When it comes to gyms, I feel the same way. If you're out of shape and serious about getting in shape, don't go to a place where not one person going there looks in shape.

Sure there might be some who are big and used to be a lot bigger. But not one person looks like they're physically fit? Something's up with that. It may be the kind of place that markets themselves to people who they expect will quit in a hurry. Cheap and easy to join. Cheap and easy to leave. 

Make sure the place looks like it's well-maintained: Clean and not a lot of broken machines that stay broken. They may be more interested in getting new people to join than keeping the ones they have. If they're best piece of exercise equipment is a revolving door, you may want to use it.      

Whether you go to a gym or start any exercise routine:  I know a lot of people think it's oh so much better to have a partner to exercise with. Except for "marital gymnastics" I don't agree.

They're a crutch. You're holding each other up. If your friend quits or moves to Topeka, what happens to your exercise program? They serve not only as a crutch but a good excuse: "Oh, I was going to walk today, but Nancy's getting waxed."

What type of exercise you do doesn't really matter as long as you like it and can truly see yourself doing it often. Anything that keeps your body moving and will get your heart rate up for twenty minutes at least three times a week. Power walk, play volleyball, shop lift... anything.

Listen, I gotta go. My husband and I are in the midst of planning a big night out tomorrow. We have a lot to choose from here. On the first Friday of the month, everything stays open until nine. Woo-hoo.

I'll talk with ya again tomorrow when I'll discuss more about the benefits of all this to the least I think I will...depends which voice in my head is feeling chatty.