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.


Windows Developer Show – Ep 122

While I was out at the Build Conference I wrote in to Ryan and Travis of the Windows Developer Show Podcast. They read my email on their latest episode and talked briefly about SpeechJammer and Read to the Younglings.

If you have any interest in Windows Phone or Windows Store development I’d highly recommend listening to their weekly podcast, it is a perfect mix of informative and entertaining content.