Update: The contest is over and a winner has been declared over at the main Cranky Fitness page. But if you're just stopping in, please enjoy this guest post by Charlie Hills!
By Charlie Hills:
Way back at the end of January, I was contacted by these guys asking if I'd do a product review and/or giveaway. Can you imagine? A company trying to promote its products via the blogosphere! I mean, next thing you know people will start selling banner ads on the internet.
So I said, "Sure," most likely placing me forever in their debt due to the fine print I missed on the verbal agreement. The product? "Exercise Anywhere" cards. According to the official blurb:
NURU's Exercise Anywhere is for anyone who wants to improve their physique--regardless of whether they have access to a gym. Sized to fit in the palm of your hand, these 30 ultra-thin, waterproof cards provide innovative, "do-anywhere" cardio and muscle-strengthening exercises designed to get your blood pumping.
Hmmm... interesting idea, actually. Keep them in your pocket and you may just be inspired to exercise anywhere. I can't fault them for that. It's much better than the Eat Anywhere plan I've been on the previous twenty years.
To give you an idea of what the system is like, I thought I'd risk a bit of copyright violation to show you excerpts from the cards side by side with old Charlie here trying out the exercises.
First, the ever-popular situp. I was in the middle of working on the potato soup recipe when I decided adding more potatoes to my midsection was the last thing I needed.
The next day it was back to work. As I was running late for my first meeting of the day, I decided I really needed to do some lower back extensions. I dropped my bag and hit the floor. Ahhhh... that felt good.
About halfway through the meeting, I realized I was feeling a bit flabby and took a few minutes for some squats.
After the meeting I was hungry. Time to hit Vend-O-Land. As I scanned the veritable cornucopia of snackfoods before me, that nagging voice cried out once again, "You don't need any more Cheez-Its!" Grumbling, I told my boss to shut up, and I took to the floor.
I made it through another heavy work week just in time to relax with a leisurely Saturday morning of mowing. I tell you, nothing breaks up the monotony of trimming the green with some exercising.
Hot and sweaty, I decided to cool down and clean up in the tub. At which point I realized I hadn't done my bicycle crunches for the day!
Once up and dressed, it was time for a quick trip to the store to pick up a few things for dinner. Whilst perusing the rice and beans aisle, I decided upon the rice and a "Pike's Pushup."
Unfortunately, I got halfway home before realizing I forgot the one thing I went to the store for: the chicken. Rather than turn around and go back, I realized was just across the street from a McDonald's. Stopped there, grabbing a quick bite followed by a quick set of table chin-ups.
I have to tell you, I didn't believe them at first when they said I could exercise anywhere. How wrong I was. If you're the type of person who never works out because you don't have the equipment or the expensive gym membership, you now have no more excuses. Pick up a pack of these cards and just do it!
You know what else you need to "just do"? Buy my book! Click the picture. Visit Amazon. It's eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders of $25 or more. How can you go wrong?
If you missed the last stop on my tour, please visit Hallie for an oddball interview at the Wonderful World of Wieners. If you missed the tour completely, go back to the beginning at Slim Shoppin.
Or, if you just like my writing, don't want to buy a book, and only have time for one more click, visit my blog Back to the Fridge.
p.s. Win a copy of Why Your Last Diet Failed You and How This Book Won't Help You on Your Next One. Leave a comment below by Tuesday night, April 28th and we'll pick one lucky duck to receive a valuable signed copy of the book (a prize package worth at least three bucks on eBay next year). Winner announced sometime Wednesday April 29th.
Update, in case you missed it above: The contest is over and a winner has been declared over at the main Cranky Fitness page. Thanks for playing! Read more...