When I was younger, the thought of exercising never even crossed my mind. I was one of those girls with a fast metabolism, and it seemed like no matter what I ate I never put on a pound. My friends all joked that I had a hollow leg.

Well, now I'm 35, and I think the hollow leg must be all filled up. It's not that I've packed on a ton or weight or anything like that, it's just that I'm starting to feel the after-effects of my years of enthusiastic cheese-pizza consumption, if you know what I mean. So, with a stereotypical New Year's resolution, I vowed to because one of those people who work out, and soon I had joined a gym.

I quickly realized that a gym doesn't really work for me. Not only does it not fit into my schedule, I'm pretty knew at this exercise thing and I'm a little self conscious about doing it around other people.

I mentioned this problem to a friend, and she pointed out that the obvious solution was to get some exercise equipment at home, and she even had a recommendation as for where to start—with a treadmill. She even went as far as suggesting a specific treadmill, the XTERRA Trail Runner 6.2, which she had in her own home. She said that not only was it a great machine, it also had an outstanding warranty and was guaranteed to last.

I've had my Trail Runner for a few months now, and I am happy to report that she was right, and that it is a great piece of equipment. While it wasn't so expensive that I had to break the bank, it still provides everything I was looking for in a treadmill. It has a wide, cushioned deck that is easy and comfortable to run on. It includes nine different workout program options, which is great for me because I like to change things up every once in awhile. And I really like its soft-drop assist feature, which makes it easy to fold and unfold.

All-in-all, I'm proud of myself for deciding that I wanted to be healthier, and I'm even more proud because I'm actually doing something about it. It's never too late to start doing something good for yourself!