"Badass Treadmill"

So my dear wife bought me a new toy. A NordicTrack “1750 bad ass treadmill”, really, that’s what it says on the side. This thing is a beast. Basically, it is desktop computer with a spinning tread. It’s pretty amazing. The problem being, I have some thoughts on exercise. Uh, exercise sucks. I think it’s safe to say I haven’t done anything that could be considered exercise for at least the past seven years. A stint or two at a gym or two that might have lasted three weeks tops. That would be the extent of it. I don’t “do exercise.” Back in the day, and were talking 30 years ago, I was quite athletic: biking, scaling Mountains, climbing rocks… Generally fit and rather buff. Those days are long gone as is my will to exercise. Enter Parkinson’s. Everyone says exercise, exercise, exercise. If only half the people said to exercise, I would probably ignore them; probably not probably, probably for sure. Here in lies the problem, EVERYBODY says to exercise... I’m doomed : ) To add insult to injury, I have a wife who exercises at the gym four times a week and is in incredible shape. Her life would not be complete without her exercise classes and her 10-mile bike rides. Me, I’m just the opposite. I’m happy sitting on the porch watching the pooch, wasting time playing PC computer games or nowadays fiddling around with the website. That said, I spent 20 minutes on the “beast” today, heart rate 130, following a virtual coach on a tour of some Mayan ruins. Every time they/ I went up some stairs, the incline on the treadmill increased … every time we went down the treadmill leveled out. Unreal, yet rather engaging. Before I knew it, I was drenched with sweat, my mile was over I was walking on my cool down. Pretty sweet if I do say so myself. Now the hard part, getting on that sucker every day for at least an hour and getting from my current speed of “2” all the way up to a super speedy “4”. Not to be overly confident, but I have faced some fairly significant challenges in my life, and for lack of a better word, overcome them. This is a new “significant challenge” that makes me quite nervous, confidence waning a tad …yet, I got this!