As I’ve mentioned before, one of the bigger challenges I have with my living quarters is space. This was one of the reasons why I didn’t opt for a stand mixer for my kitchen: there’s just no place to keep the thing when I’m not using it.
On the other hand, as I’ve also mentioned, I rather like to keep myself to myself. As a result, my small apartment is normally not much of an issue for me.
Lately, though, I’ve been thinking more about trying to get more exercise. I do like a good, long walk, but in this desert country, there are many days when being out under the blistering sun just isn’t a good idea.
This problem has me pondering the idea of buying a piece of fitness equipment for my home. As with the mixer, though, the space problem rears its ugly head. Whatever I buy has to have a relatively small footprint.
After considering a number of different types, I’m starting to lean towards a compact rower. These come in a variety of styles, and many fit into my budget well enough. They also fold up and store in several different ways. Most fold vertically, so they take up less floor space, while a few actually collapse low enough to slide under a bed.
I know what you’re thinking: if she can’t find room for a countertop kitchen appliance, where the heck is she going to keep a rowing machine? Well, the truth is, all I typically use my bedroom for is sleeping and dressing, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to find a corner suitable for storing the equipment when I’m not exercising.
So, the next step was to learn more about how to select the best rower for my needs. I found a great article on the site WorkoutTrends.com that provided some excellent tips.
For example, I hadn’t realized that there are different technologies used to create resistance in these machines, thus simulating the effort it would take to actually move an oar through water if you were rowing an actual boat. The article does a great job of listing the pros and cons of air, magnetic and hydraulic resistance machines, which should help me narrow down my options pretty quickly.
Overall, buying a rower is going to be a pretty hefty investment, but if it’s a choice between a one-time hit to my budget, risking heat stroke when it’s 100 degrees in the shade or, perhaps most frightening for a self-proclaimed recluse like myself, going to a GYM, I’m confident this is the right move for me.