To Buy or Not To Buy? That is the Question.
Like pretty much every other person that makes New Years resolutions, one of my personal resolutions is to lose weight and get in better shape. While my health is my number one reason for wanting to do so, I also want to feel better about looking at myself in the mirror. No shame, no game, right? I’ve decided I’m going to lose weight and get in shape by running. I’ve always wanted to be a runner, and now is the time. I’m working on eating healthy, and when I eat healthy I want to exercise!
Unfortunately, living in the Midwest means rain, snow, sleet, hail, ice, sun, and pretty much every other weather you can think of. I love being outside and running in our neighborhood, but sometimes it’s just not feasible. Take tomorrow, for instance. I’m off work and want to run but I won’t be able to because it’s going to rain. Boo.
I decided I was going to invest in a treadmill recently. That will give me the ability to exercise no matter what the weather is like outside. I had originally decided I would purchase one from Walmart for about $277, but then decided against it because that’s too much money (although good for a treadmill) and I’m afraid that the quality just won’t be there. So then I decided that I was going to get one from a Play It Again Sam’s. A used treadmill! Great idea. I went there on my lunch break and the cheapest one they had ($249) looked like it had lived in Grandma’s basement last decade. Plus, I couldn’t run on it, and what the heck is the point of a treadmill if you can’t run on it?
There was a beautiful treadmill at Play it Again Sam’s that was a great size for $600 that I could run on. I just didn’t plan on spending that much money. So after being discouraged at Play it Again Sam’s, I decided I’d check craigslist. Of course I can’t find any that I like on there or look reliable. I figure I’ll take the frugal approach right now and just run outside when the weather is nice and do exercise videos inside when it’s not nice outside. After all, I’m saving money and space in my house. I will be honest and tell you that I’m trying to come up with a solution where I have a treadmill in my office to use.
What would you do?