Exercise Anywhere

Way back at the end of January 2009, I was contacted by NURU 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!

15 Responses to “Exercise Anywhere”

Amanda, another priorfatgirl said
January 21, 2010 at 12:45 am

this post is hilarious. love it SO much.

Tami said
January 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

Ha! I like the table pullups, I’ll have to give that a go. My favorite was the “I told my boss to shut up” bit.

Helen said
January 21, 2010 at 8:50 am

Hilarious! Thanks for my first laugh of the day. Is this what you’re going to do about “it”?

TexasDeb said
January 21, 2010 at 8:52 am

My favorite is the bathtub bicycle crunch. What gams, Charles… Those pointed toes, the extension! I think you may have missed a great career in synchronized swimming, mister!

tuscanystone said
January 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Brilliant! lol So glad you re-ran it for the first time 🙂

I reckon you must be a writer the way you string your words together so cleverly….lol 😉

Thanks for the laugh

tusc 🙂

Quix said
January 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Hilarious!!! Is it just me or does it look like that poor girl doing crunches is wearing clogs? And I love that you dropped to the floor in the grocery store to do pushups!!!

TexasDeb said
January 22, 2010 at 8:05 am


Robin Sue said
January 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

Happy Birthday Charlie!

Sagan said
January 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Happy Birthday!!

Charlie said
January 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Thanks everybody!

Biz said
January 25, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Probably still one of the top 5 posts you’ve done Charlie!!

Love, your prettier sister

Nick said
January 29, 2010 at 8:46 am

One of the best product reviews I’ve seen!

megan said
February 7, 2010 at 9:49 am

Loved the post!

Chris said
March 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Just love your writing style and humor. I’ve done some marketing and just love your approach to a product review.

John Q. said
May 3, 2010 at 10:22 am

lol this is funny