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Easy chair should help me get healthy

Staff writer

I knew better, but the info-commercial was so convincing. Who doesn’t want to look toned, fit, and healthy? Who wouldn’t take the easiest way to get there?

I pulled out my credit card, went online, and signed up for three easy payments of $49.99 to get my very own “Twister,” a phenomenal padded chair with back rollers, handlebars and an easy-to-follow workout guide. It was supposed to be a painless, effortless way to lose weight. That was six months ago. The chair that was supposed to be the answer to all things firm and fit, did not work for me. I was so stupid.

I got what I paid for … and it was very nice. The only problem was that the comfortable, all-encompassing workout and massage chair stayed in the box in my front room for the two-week free trial period. I never had time to check it out until I was “stuck” with the thing.

When I did get it out of the box, I actually used two times. It was easy; it felt good, even the children liked to use it. They liked it so much it soon became a video game chair in front of the television set.

I don’t think I ever used it again and I am not quite sure why. I guess I had better things to do with my time. On the other hand, maybe I did not believe it really would work unless I totally dedicated myself to an overall lifestyle change, including no more soda pop to drink, daily exercise at least 30 minutes, smaller portions at mealtime, less sugar, more vegetables, lower processed food content, etc.

I know what I need to do to reach a goal of better health. But I just have not found the gumption to stick with it yet. I even have the tool to help me do it, somewhere in my house. Unfortunately, after the handlebars hooked onto several members of the family traveling through the front room, my handy-dandy twister chair went back in the box and now resides in a back closet somewhere.

Good health is a great objective. The people who create info-commercials certainly tapped into a big market with that “Twister” chair. I just wonder why it is so easy to find excuses not to get with the program. I also wonder if that company kept any follow-up statistics on how many purchasers were honestly successful in losing weight with the easy chair. I would like to know.

Last modified March 7, 2012