While I love the benefits of exercise and I do, in fact, really enjoy strength training, I don’t love walking on the treadmill, riding the stationary bike or using the elliptical machine. I love the results, but working out in one spot for 30 minutes can make that half-hour seem twice as long.
I’ve tried listening to my iPod, but I still get bored. And, I’m a bit of a news junkie, but CNN does nothing for making a workout go by more quickly. I love to read, but I can’t focus while walking, riding, or torturing myself on the elliptical.
I’ve found that the key, for me, is finding something really engaging to watch. My absolute favorite, right now, is Cash Cab. If you’ve never seen Cash Cab, you don’t know what you’re missing. Did I ever mention that I’m a trivia junkie, too?
Another thing that really works for me is a good movie. I can pop one of my favorites in the DVD player and watch it over the course of three or four days, in 30 minute increments. (Can you guess which one I watch most often?)
While working out at the Y, I’ve discovered that I have some ADD tendencies. They have six TVs. You can plug your headphones into a jack on the cardio equipment, then, select the channel you want to hear. Each channel also has closed captioning. Nine times out of ten, I’m watching HLN…but I’m usually watching and reading the closed captioning on another channel.
What do you do to make workout time more enjoyable?
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(Oh, and, if you guessed Twilight, you’d be right!)