Fitting Fitness into Modern Life


Fitness should be a way of life, not a fad! Come January, gyms will be packed with people swearing blind that this year they will stick to their fitness routine. By February, half of them will have already given up. The thing is, fitness training is not an option. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Better condition
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Improve joint condition
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Improves circulatory system
  • Weight loss
  • Feel better
  • Improves concentration
  • Reduces stress
    the list goes on!

Given the obvious health benefits, one has to ask the question “why isn’t fitness a high priority in everybody’s lives?”

When you’re in your twenties and still playing for a team, there is not much chance that the girlfriend is going to stop you going to training twice a week and playing on a Saturday. Then your career starts to take off, your boss gets more demanding, you get married and have kids. When are you supposed to fit in keeping fit? So you drop it.

If you don’t find time to care of your body now, you’d better be prepared to find time for hospital later. Sounds dramatic, but there is a lot of truth in it.

If you do happen to have children, do you not owe it to them to stay healthy? Isn’t a fit dad more fun than a fat dad who doesn’t have the breath to play a game of soccer in the garden?

So what can you do about it? You feel under time pressure. You get home from work tired and the last thing you want to do is to think about going out for a run… especially in the winter. The answer is a home rowing machine. You can come home, have dinner with your family, help put the kids to bed and then set up the rower in front of the TV. Some of them are too loud to do this like the Concept2, but if you pick one with a strap instead of a chain (maybe a Waterrower), this should be no problem.

So you can easily spend a forty minutes a day doing your fitness routine without even having to think too hard about it!

There are a number of models to choose from ranging from the cheap and nasty to the quite expensive but awesome. You can see a great comparison of the different types at

The beauty of rowing machines is that you get both a cardio workout and a full-body muscle workout simultaneously. They work all the major muscle groups including the legs, back, stomach, shoulders and arms. With the exception of the Ski-Erg from Concept2, there is no other machine that I know of that can achieve the same thing.

 What’s more, if you invest around $1000 in a good machine, that is equivalent to a year’s gym membership. A rowing machine of that standard will last you many years, saving you a load of cash!

Surely, it’s really a no-brainer!!