Today's newspaper is filled with ads from gym companies begging for your money -- hoping to get you to commit to a multi-year contract in the name of a New Year's resolution that won't last more than a few weeks.
Forget "Just Do It" -- here's my advice: DON'T DO IT!
Gym exercise isn't just expensive and pointless -- it's downright dangerous. If you don't suffer a sprain, strain or back injury, you could find yourself fighting for your life in the hospital when all that exercise causes your heart to burst right in your chest.
Consider this: Firefighters, who face danger on the job every single day, are three times more likely to be injured in a gym than they are fighting an actual fire, according to new numbers from the journal Injury Prevention.
And if tough-as-nails firefighters can't handle treadmills and weights, what chance do you have?
It's not just firefighters, either.
Supposedly fit athletes suffer heart attacks and other serious medical problems with shocking regularity. Even kids, for crying out loud, are dropping dead in the middle of football practice these days.
So skip the gym. Skip the hardcore sports. Let a little golf or maybe some tennis be about as "extreme" as you get -- and even then, only if you enjoy it.
The real key to good health isn't how many pounds you can press or how many minutes you can spin on the hamster wheel -- it's how often you get up off your butt.
Keep moving throughout the day, and you'll keep fit... even if you never break a sweat.