I am amazed at the number of physical problems I read about all the time on this board. I am not makeing fun of any one since I myself need to lose some excess fat. I was the one guy in Band Class that was also an athlete.While rare such creatures are none to turn up from time to time. What I am going to present are some excellent alternatives to what is preached int he media. First if you hate exercise but know you need to improve your strength and are not looking to develop huge muscle's you should consider "Isometric Power Revolution" by John e. Peterson! Contray to the title it covers more then just isometrics and it will improve your total body strength and your blood pressure contray to popular belief. In fact many people manage to come off high blood pressure medcine after 2-3 months of practiceing this. You do not have to be athletic as it can be done by bed ridden patients and does not require any equipment but if one chose you could add equipment to it.In fact isometrics are the most use form of isometrics after surgery to rehab patients with joint injuries amoung other things. If you used to work out a long time ago but do not have time to go to the gym I would recomend another book. You can and are welcome to get the first one I mentioned as it add's a get edge to ones athletisim. I would recomend in this case though "Pushing Yourself to Power" This book is full of body weight exercise some of which you have probably never seen before. Both books are writen so that someone that has never done any exercise in their life can follow along. The only thing you might need is a pull-up bar. Both of these programs can be put together to give you aerobic benifit but it never hurts to go for a walk once in a while!