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I don’t exercise enough, but I wish I did. Starting today I’m going to try my best to change that.

My biggest problem with exercise has always been finding the time. I work a full time job that includes a long commute; after that I like to spend some time with my wife and kids. At night is when I have a few hours of time to myself, but I typically like to spend that time working on my apps, blogging, podcasting or working on other side projects. I rarely watch TV (cut the cable a year ago) and occasionally play video games during this time.

I’ve always had a hard time justifying the time spent on exercising even though I know it’s important. I’ve tried multitasking in the past by combining some weight lifting while watching TV or a movie. But I really don’t watch that much TV, and I can’t weight lift while playing the Xbox. My wife knows all this and is always trying to get me in better shape so a few weeks ago she found this mini elliptical device online and showed it to me. It seemed like a good device, and had a smaller size profile (and cost) when compared to other options such as a treadmill. I decided it’d be worth a try and today it arrived from Amazon.

First impressions of the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer are pretty good. It only took me a few minutes to unwrap and assemble it before I was ready to go. The instructions recommended you to put the elliptical over an equipment mat which I’d definitely recommend. I think some of the Amazon reviews mentioned that it might leak a bit of oil residue after a few weeks of use, you wouldn’t want to get that on your carpet.

After the initial setup I fired up the Xbox One and played some Minecraft while working out, mission accomplished! A half hour of gameplay + elliptical got my legs pretty tired and worked up a good sweat. This had the added bonus of preventing me from spending too much time playing games.

Using the elliptical while standing, which I did, does take some getting used to. The machine raises you up about 6 inches, at this height I was looking down at my TV which felt odd. You also need to concentrate on balance, which I imagine will get easier the more often you use the elliptical. I almost fell over 2 or 3 times during my first workout, no injuries yet though.

All in all it definitely seems like a nice device if you want to add some exercise to your video gaming or tv watching free time. It’s definitely going to be part of my routine going forward.