Apologies for derailing this thread very slightly. I have an on topic query though. As a warrior of the keyboard I could do with being a bit fitter. When I say fit, personally, I mean just that - physically fit. I am not interested in bodybuilding or getting ripped or whatever. I'm fine with incidental muscle gain from working out, I could probably do with some, but that's as far as I want to go with that. I'm much more interested in being more athletically fit (more aerobically fit? Whatever the correct nomenclature would be). I don't want to be as fit as professional sportsman or anything like that.
Lets say I wanted to achieve this in my house. What kind of work out do I need, what kind of equipment do I need?
The answer might be: Go do your own research. But, I'm sure someone would just love to answer. It's tough to wade through all the information available - it's dense and filtering the good from the bad is no easy task for the uninitiated and I have low motivation to do so given my modest goals. I've had "hire personal trainer" on the to-do list for some time, but that probably comes with another entire set of potential pitfalls.
I'm no guru, but my goals are similar, only I'm trying to gain about 10-15lbs. I don't want to look like a Jersey Shore meathead.
I think what to do depends on how out of shape you are. Some people just need to do something, any kind of exercise, to get fitter, and some need to build muscle just to be able to run for more than a couple minutes.
I agree with what SiQ said. Weight training is pretty awesome, and I really wish it did make you big easily. But, pushups/chinups/dips/etc. are good too. Get some pushup bars (keeps your hands 6in off the floor), and a pull up bar.
You can also do a lot with a medicine ball. Last thing is if you go for runs or swimming, don't try to run/swim for 20mins at the same pace. Go for a bit, then slow down, then pick up the pace again when you can. Rinse and repeat. If you're not in shape, you'll need the breaks and trying to go the whole 20mins non stop is just going to put you off the idea altogether.