Television. The thing that normally keeps me (and most people) from doing anything healthy. The thing that helped me become my wonderful blubbery self. Sitting in front of the TV with a tub of ice cream? Of course, what else do I have to do? So why talk about it regarding health? Because it’s my new reason to run (well, meander at a brisk pace).
I hate just looking in front of me when at the gym. Watching a wall, or staring down my timer on the treadmill willing it to reach a set time is miserable. And if I have to look at other people who are also attempting to do something healthy? Gross- no one likes that. Having a distraction is key to getting me to do just about anything. Now, I’ve heard “fitness people” say you need to focus on what you’re doing: heart rate, pace, breathing. And if you can force yourself to do things while counting beats or breaths, have at it. I, however, am not that person. I would never do any exercise if I had to pretend to care about counting (I don’t like numbers and math is evil). So having something that forces me to run, and does not involve me downing a pound of ice cream as a “reward”, is a win-win for me.
I attempt to find shows that I enjoy that have multiple seasons. That way I know it will cover multiple sweat sessions. I then reserve this show for JUST exercise watching. That way when I really want to see an episode, I have to hope on the treadmill or elliptical to watch it. And there are times when I REALLY don’t want to haul my butt into the gym, but I do it because I HAVE to know what’s going to happen next on the show I’m watching. I know that I could sit down and watch that show anytime I want, but because I made myself a promise to watch it only when I run- I hold myself to it.
Finding a motivation outside of just fitness inspires me. Yes, I want to be healthy. And yes, I want to lose weight. But that doesn’t always inspire me to get running (jogging, walking, meandering). If I have multiple things that inspire me to get fit, I have more of a reason to actually get my heart rate up. And if television is what’s going to inspire me to be healthy, I say more power to me.