Tim wants me to get a Kinect.
I’m worried about my health — blood pressure and cholesterol are both up — and I’m just not finding a lot of time/energy to go take walks. To be exact, I don’t use whatever time I do actually have during the day to go take a walk.
Some days, it feels like a huge effort to leave the apartment. There’s anxiety about any emails stacking up in my absence — even more likely now that the holiday rush has begun and there are about twice the requests as normal — plus the overall energy it takes to put on an outfit I can comfortably exercise in, make sure my MP3 player is charged up, fill up a water bottle and get out the door.
I know that probably sounds ridiculous to most able-bodied people/non-depressives. But there have been at least five occasions in the past month or two that I have purposefully put on workout gear in the morning and still ended up not going out to take a walk.
So the “take a walk” plan isn’t working so well. Arguably, I could make Tim set an alarm and force myself to go at a specific time. I think that’s the next step in this ridiculous arrangement. But that doesn’t always work for me either, since my energy ebbs and flows throughout the day.
After seeing some demonstrations of the Kinect, Tim and I both have to admit that the Dance Central game looks fun. But the rest of the almost-20 titles leave me pretty lukewarm. Still, Tim has been urging me to get one.
I told him that I didn’t think one game was worth spending $150 to be able to play. (Plus the cost of the game, of course.) His annoyingly sage response was, “A video game might not be worth it. But your health is. ” I hate it when he makes better logical arguments than I do.
Essentially, Tim’s point is that it’s the best shot I have at being and staying active. I can do it at home, with the blinds closed. I don’t have the leave the house and I can take breaks to do it whenever there’s time.
So, this weekend, we went and checked out the Microsoft Store, where some people were playing. A very helpful employee chatted with us. Apparently the game has many levels. Beyond the normal easy to hard, the game has different levels of activity for each song. He said that some artists have easy movements, while others are more complex or aerobic.
He also said that Microsoft plans to release around 20 titles (or more) before the next holiday season. So there is a chance that more titles of interest will become available. But is that a chance worth a $150 gamble?
Honestly, I’m not sure. Remember the Wii Fit craze? Because I’ve yet to hear about anyone actually getting in good shape from it. As it is with most exercise equipment, everyone swore up and down that they’d use it religiously. Now you don’t hear much about it.
On the other hand, I have to figure out something quickly. At my next doctor’s appointment, I’m having blood drawn to measure my cholesterol. If I don’t get active soon, my doctor is going to want to put me on cholesterol medication. I’ve heard it’s hard to get off the stuff once you’re on it, and most of the brands have a host of side effects.
There are plenty of good arguments on both sides of the issue here. So I’m interested to hear what other frugal people would do. Is my health worth any halfway decent chance? Or should I focus on more frugal exercise, like my walks? (Which I swear I actually did find the time/energy for, once upon a time. I just can’t remember how.)
I need input, people!