Posted on November 11, 2008 at 5:02pm EST. More.

Exercise widgets

I’ve noticed my weight is slowly creeping up (a benefit of daily weight tracking) so lately I’ve been trying to get some regular exercise via push-ups.  This has been humbling, since the heaviest things I usually lift are sandwiches.

A few weeks ago I bought a set of The Perfect Pushup rotating handles (As Seen On TV and, in my case, near the checkout at Staples).  They are definitely worth the $20 I spent on them.  I don’t worry that I’m going to damage my wrists any more.

I prefer exercise programs that are deterministic: I don’t want to think about how much I should do or whether I’m done yet.  Today I hit upon the idea of doing 2 minute drills instead of counting.  It feels like a good plan.

In a vaguely related note, I am musing about giving my parents a Wii Fit for Christmas.  I don’t usually do elaborate gifts but it seems like the sort of thing my parents would never buy but might actually enjoy.  I suspect it would either go over like gangbusters or be a total flop.  No middle ground.