I’ve realized that I have a problem. During my formative years I was effectively trained to associate gyms and locker rooms with misery, pain and humiliation. This makes it very difficult to maintain a regular exercise regime.

Oh, sure, there’s biking and walking. Unless it’s summer, when it’s too hot, or winter when it’s dark and wet and sometimes cold, or spring when I’m in allergy hell.

So I find myself thinking about exercise machines. As in, being able to exercise at home without having to deal with locker rooms, and listen to the iPod while doing so. The problem with that scenario is I know that most people who buy exercise machines proceed to let them sit and collect dust, and I’m not entirely convinced I’d do any better.