It’s funny – one of the things I’ve always heard is that to be successful at exercising regularly, you need to find something to do that you love. I’ve also heard that you need to find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily activities.
I’ve always enjoyed going to exercise classes (I just find the time goes by much more quickly than if I’m working out in the gym itself) so I found that it “ticks all the boxes” as being something that I enjoy as well as being a great form of exercise.
Finding ways to incorporate exercise into daily activities, proved harder. I really hate walking and running. However, I’ve found 2 ways to make these activities more interesting to me.
The first thing I did was buy an armband for my iPod Touch. That way, as I’m walking or running, I can listen to music. I’ve found that it has really made the time go by more quickly.
I’ve also found an interest that I never knew I had! I’ve combined walking with a search for interesting things to photograph. I find that I walk at a quicker pace as I keep my eyes peeled for something to photograph. While I’m never going to be a professional photographer, I’ve found that I really enjoy searching out subjects for photos and, in turn, I’ve actually started enjoying walking!
Here is an example of one of the photos I’ve taken during my speed walks.
This week was strange as I’ve started a new schedule related to work so I had to work to find the right times to get to my classes. I’m hoping that I’ll adapt quickly to the schedule changes and I’m going to work hard to make sure that I don’t miss classes under the guise of being busy.
That being said, I did lose 2 pounds! I’m now under 170 pounds for the first time in the past few years so I’m pretty excited about that!
Onward and upward – I’m feeling quite positive about things and have set a goal for Christmas Day — let’s see if I can make it!