There are no excuses to avoid exerciseWritten by Lauren Amstutz | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s the day every woman has been dreaming for her entire life — her wedding. From the floral arrangements to the place settings to the gown, everything must be perfect. That’s why lifelong Toledoan Kim Lemon is whipping herself in shape.
“I want to lose weight and tone up” Lemon said. “I felt like I was hiding in my clothes.”
The only problem: “I didn’t want to drive to a club,” she said. “I knew I wouldn’t start working out if I had to leave the comfort of my own home.”
The bride-to-be is not alone; even health club workers admit they see a trend in the Glass City. “The weather is miserable in Toledo for almost six months of the year.” said Suzette Valiton, the fitness and wellness director at Wildwood Athletic Club.
But there are solutions.
Lemon’s fiance is a gaming enthusiast, so he told her about a new video game that would provide her with exactly what she was looking for. In 2007, Nintendo came out with Wii Fit. It’s an exercise game consisting of activities using a Wii balance board. It looks like any household body scale. When you step on it, instantly the game shows your weight and body mass index. Everytime you work out, the board will update the information so that you can keep track of how much weight you’ve lost.
Forty-eight workouts are provided on Wii Fit, something for everything, making it even harder to find an excuse to live your life as a couch potato.
“Aerobics, cardio, hula hoop, balance games, yoga, even strength training,” Lemon said. “Try doing hula hoop for 10 minutes; tell me how your stomach feels.”
Like many local clubs, Wildwood has jumped on the “alternative workout bandwagon.” It started offering belly dance classes, “ABS-olute Stretch, hip hop aerobics and workouts specialized for arthritis sufferers. More recently, Wildwood began giving members a “Fit To Go” bag. Trainers demonstrate a 15-to 20-minute workout, then they send you home to use for yourself.
And Lemon, our bride-to-be, is thankful for her video game — the same thing she used to complain about her fiance playing too much — for changing her life.
“What can it hurt? No one can judge you when you are in the own comfort of your home,” Lemon said. “It motivates me to do more.”
Did you know?
A whole baked potato with salt contains twice as much potassium than it does sodium.
Mark your calendar
- April is Get Fit Toledo Month.
- April 25-26: Glass City Marathon; register online at www.glasscitymarathon.org.
- Bike Week is May 11-15. May 15: Bike to Work Day.