I went to dinner with a friend, whom I will call The World’s Biggest Skeptic. I love her, but she has a tendency to call things out, like openly examining the bedazzled jeans I’ve squeezed into that should have stayed on the rack. She also hates video games, burned after years of her husband playing whatever sport that makes him yell like an irritated panda.
I was trying to explain the EA Sports isn’t a game and there are no mad pandas: it’s a workout. She was still unconvinced by my initial explanation so I continued and here’s what I told her:
It’s cheaper than your latte habit. For a workout program that’s less expensive than a dozen grande lattes combined, it offers a variety of exercises like in-line skating, volleyball, tennis and dancing. I don’t enjoy every latte I have, sometimes it’s burnt or there’s too much foam but with EA Sports Active, I consistently enjoy it. I pick up the remote, secure the leg strap on and thirty minutes later I get a buzz no double tall vanilla latte has ever given me.
You can work out at home. We both have young kids and one of the biggest deterrents to working out are, as I mentioned previously, the work it takes to transport yourself to a work out. With EA Sports Active all you have to do is roll out of bed. It’s easy to work out while my son plays with his books and toys. I don’t have to worry about his screaming in the daycare or how long I have before my daycare hour runs out. And if I do it before he wakes up or after he’s gone to bed, that’s even less I have to worry about.
You are an active participant. The personal trainer in EA sports doesn’t forget about you. I’ve taken a moment or three to drink water or adjust the leg strap and Delilah, the name I’ve given my personal trainer, says, it’s okay to take a break. When I’m not holding the remote correctly, her words will flash on the screen, telling me, hey is your nunchuck inserted correctly? Most likely it’s no, because I am an exercise Luddite and luckily I have Delilah on my side.
No one yells at you. My friend the skeptic and I have both had the grueling PE teachers who didn’t care that we were expected to burst with hulk-like upper body strength despite only given thirty minutes a week to hone our muscles. My trainer Delilah only has soothing words when I’m having difficulty with alternating side lunges or my forehand swing and she totally praises me when I conquer inline skating and FYI: I don’t just conquer, I seek and destroy.
You will sleep better. I have had trouble sleeping in the past, night when my mind races faster than one of those psychics in the movie Scanners. After the first workout, I noticed that I was sleeping more soundly, my body resting instead of pulling me out of slumber at three am so I am wide awake and trolling YouTube for all the R&B videos from 1996.
I don’t know if the reasons were cogent enough to sway my friend, but if she does pick up her own EA Active Sports, I’m going to be at her house in no time, ready to for a fitness match with my longtime friend.
Are you a fitness skeptic? If so, what do you need to win you over? Would a video of my working out for twenty minutes convince you it’s not so bad? Well, then, here you go: