“How do you become more productive?”
“…. work out”
TL;DR: I came. I saw. I conquered. Kidding. I gamified cardio exercise today by using a heart rate monitor & doing random things to keep me in ideal zone. Time flew, it was fun, hope to do it again.
There are two kinds of guys.
The 1st guy is into physical activities (football, hiking, running, outdoorsy)
The other is into mental activities (reading, learning, puzzles, strategies, thinking)
The goal, I guess, is to be a healthy balance of both.
I’m in the latter camp.
I can work out my brain as much as possible daily and it’s fun. I like to read books, articles, listen to audiobooks, use spreadsheets, blog, listen to speeches, podcasts, play strategy games, think, journal, on and on.
I don’t understand exercise at all. I don’t like doing it. I dont want to do it. I dont understand how people do it.
The problem with this is that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise increases overall energy, so that thinking becomes better.
And I have yet to figure out how to get myself to exercise regularly.
In the past 16years, I’ve tried:
- weight lifting with three different buff friends
- joined countless gyms
- hired four different personal trainers
- ddp yoga & yoga for regular guys
- bought two heart rate monitors
- wii fit
- pull up bars
- kettlebell swings
- exercise bands
- tae kwon do lessons
- dance lessons
- hackers diet exercise
- jillian michaels dvds
- bodybuilding books
- blah blah blah
I had to first define what exercise meant for me.
1. Feeling good
2. Being muscular (or other specific fitness goal)
Feeling good takes a little bit of exercise/daily movement. It could be walking, jogging in place, jumping jacks, throwing the football around, walking up and down the stairs a bunch of times, etc.
Being muscular means a regimented schedule of intense workouts & nutrition.
I decided to start with just trying to feel good physically.
And I had to admit that I’m starting at a complete newbie level.
It’s day one. I’ve been sedentary for far too long.
That is hard to admit to myself.
Most programs fail because I’m trying to take graduate level classes when I really belong in preschool.
Today’s successful experiment:
Last nite, made a mental note that I wanted to work out this morning. Had no clue what I’d do. But just a mental image of me doing something. [Click here to read more, dude...]