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Exercise Nazis are such killjoys. First, they espouse exercise over more entertaining activities. Then they tell you to eat less while exercising more. Then they tell you to eat even less while eschewing all your favorite foods.

Now, according to them, the term “couch potato” is too soft and comfortable, not a phrase that motivates the lazy into action.

The new moniker for a sedentary life-style is SeDS: Sedentary Death Syndrome. What a frightening name. If the thought of contacting SeDS doesn’t get you off the couch, what will?

The coiner of the term SeDS is an exercise researcher at the University of Missouri at Columbia by the name of Frank W. Booth, Ph.D.

He states, “The purpose of the name is to make the public aware that lack of physical exercise can be deadly — it contributes to the death of one in ten Americans.”

Are we sufficiently aware now? You bet, so start sweating.

Speaking of sweating, some of the students that step out from the classes in the aerobics room at the recreation center sweat big time. These high energy sessions are in huge demand — students are packed in like attendees at a rock concert.

Since this little quip caught my attention today, and I liked it, allow me to share. “If a gym class is going to be effective, it’s hard. If you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself, you’re at brunch.”

This quote is from an article in the Wall Street Journal by Jason Gay titled “The 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym.” It’s funny, corny and good for a chuckle.

Here’s another good one from him: “A successful gym membership is like a marriage: If it’s good, you show up committed and ready for hard work. If it’s not good, you show up in sweat-pants and watch a lot of bad TV.”

And he cautions, “Don’t fall for gimmicks. The only tried-and-true method to lose 10 pounds in 48 hours is food poisoning.”

Thinking of what you want to add to your life this new year? Perhaps you are also thinking of what you’d like to take away — weight, in this case for many. You are going to have to move beyond just thinking.

“Thinking about going to the gym burns between 0 and 0 calories,” per Jason Gay.

The demand on the exercise machines at the recreation center is hitting an all time high. It’s that time of the year.

The exercise machines we have won’t give you Internet access, or allow e-mailing or trading stocks. Yes, those options do exist on new-fangled machines, but for a healthy price. How about this for a new idea: for giving exercisers extra incentive — every minute on the machine nets a frequent-flier mile. Maybe you should just be rewarded by listening to heavy breathing.

While some club managers are shopping these high-end machines, I’m thinking of ways to keep the recreation center operation fiscally conservative so all the homeowners in Pagosa Lakes do not have to subsidize those who choose to use the facility. They don’t, and I would like to keep it that way.

I don’t always want what’s new, and I suspect there are quite a few of you who share that sentiment. That’s why we moved here in the first place.

Gay reasons that, “Fancy gyms can be seductive, but once you get past the modern couches and fresh flowers and the water with the lemon slices, you’re basically paying for a boutique hotel with BO.” And, besides, “A gym is not designed to make you feel instantly better about yourself. If a gym wanted to make you feel instantly better about yourself, it would be a bar.”

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