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How a Bowflex saved a Marriage

I am a recent newlywed, still dumbfounded by the collosal change that becoming married has brought upon myself. While I am thrilled to have such a loving wife, I must admit that one of the first crusades that my wife embarked upon was to establish a fitness regime in her household. I dont need to tell you that this computer programmer wasn't in the best of shape, as you can imagine, but I dont think that even I knew of the trials and tribulations that were to await me.

The first battle that I had with personal fitness was the gym at the university. Its dank, no windowed, basement gym was needlessly to say, un-motivational. Every time that I walked into that room a wave of sweat and year old air swept over me, as well as any delusions that I had of becoming fit. I rapidly sought a different solution to appease my wife.

The second attempt was at a Gold's Gym. When I first visited the gym I was amazed at the televisions, windows, fresh air, and glistening fitness equipment. I thought that it looked like a little piece of heaven. I surely thought that this type of gym could even motivate a computer nerd such as myself. Sadly, I was mistaken. The people that I saw there slowly de-motivated me. These were serious fitness experts, where most of the females looked like they could rip my arms out of their sockets. It was embarrassing to start working out at the gym, because I was so scrawny. I quit after a two weeks and hoped that my wife had stopped her crusade.

Unfortunately, that was also wrong. I told my wife of the experiences that I had at the two gyms and she thought of a wonderful suggestion for me - I could work out at the house. My uncle had a used bowflex in his garage that he couldnt use anymore, and he decided to let us newlyweds have it as a wedding gift. We set the bowflex in the garage and had a ton of bowflex equipment as well. I also looked online for some workouts to use with the bowflex. For once in my life, I wasn't embarrassed to do a workout. The bowflex was my outlet to working out, and I was surprised at the quick results that I was having. My wife got off my back about exercising too, which was wonderful thing too.

So, my advice for anyone that is like me and feels embarrassed to go the gym because of their current condition, is to get some home exercise equipment that they can use in their garage or spare room, and set aside 30 minutes a day to do a workout. You'll feel better, not only physically but from receiving less nagging from your spouse.

Dan Goggins is an entrepreneur and computer programmer, who also likes to share his advice on life. You can read about his exploits and family at



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