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TeeBee for many, Manthru for some, Sunny for a few, Myna for selected, Suresh for record. Hailing from Thrissur of Kerala and now lives (read survives) in Monroe Twp, NJ with wife and daughter.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

101 Effective ways of using a Treadmill

Getting rid of the reservation manthra that is going on, I sat to give a thought to my health. (After all I was happy that left front was going in favour of applying the creamy layer and giving reservation to economically backward in the forward castes).

It is not that there is some serious problem. A bit of cholestrol, low pressure, overweight, a nice tummy to compete with Lord Venkateswara, constant back pain in the lower back. My doctor still told me that I am perfect and does not want to see me in the next 6 months. But a little exercise will help including a bit of control on the diet. Diet control is not a new thing. I have tried it many times and, of course, failed miserably. Control on meat and egg can be naturally taken care of, thanks to a vegetarian wife. Ice cream can be avoided if I start eating it in front of my little daughter. Nuts I won't get to eat as my wife does that job while I drive. Not many burgers or potato fries as I bring food from home. One pound of fried rice and some curry with a banana to top it. So diet control is not a problem.

What to do for exercise? After coming in US, I am forced to walk to catch the bus/train. In the evening, I have to walk again to get my kid from the preschool. That is not enough. Whom to ask? Google is my best buddy these days and after a good research and one or two phone calls to some of my friends, I decided to buy a treadmill. Treadmill doctors available on the net made me crazy and I got confused on how much to spend on it. So I asked my friends about the price they had spent. One of them told me that he thought that he would not be using it and instead decided to join a nearby gym. In the last 6 months he had been there 4 times. Well done!

I asked friend A that on an average how often he uses it in a week. He said that he had kept the treadmill in the basement so that he won't get to see it quite often. He advised that foldable treadmills can save space in the basement.

Friend B and family was innovative. They were happy to get a place to hang their clothes.

An advertisement of a gym on the subway car showed the master allowing his dog to use the treadmill while he was watching TV with a brown bag full of popcorn next to him. I was inspired.

So today I sat to watch a movie, of course with the happiness of saving some money on the gym and treadmill. There was a change in the scene. Just to escape from copyright acts, I had replaced the popcorn bag with a glass of wine.

PS: I am planning to write a book on 101 effective ways of using a treadmill. Your comments are appreciated.


Blogger Achinthya said...

Why dont you rephrase it as "101 effective excuses on NOT USING A TREAD MILL"?

11:17 PM  
Blogger Myna said...

Because it won't sell.

Because everybody knows it.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

towel rack!! so far that is the best use i have ever found for a tread mill..

5:16 PM  
Blogger Myna said...

You are a doctor, right? Any specialization?

US is definitely better than Dubai where walking was almost zero.

8:16 PM  
Blogger R.Nandakumar said...

perhaps the best post yet here!

but do take care of your health!

11:56 PM  
Blogger Reshma said...

amusing post:)here's an informative video on how not to use the treadmill

9:43 PM  
Blogger Myna said...

Nandhan bhai: Thanks. Trying my best. As you used to say, "vayassayilledo".
(You were telling at my current age)

Reshma: Welcome! Will check out the video. Thanks for taking the time to go through these crazy thoughts.

6:55 PM  

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