Getting motivated to start moving can be a tough thing. I actually enjoy exercise, it’s just the getting off the couch that is the hardest part.
I often talk about “bribing myself to exercise.” For example, my treadmill is constantly set up with a mini DVD player in the magazine rack and speakers in the cup holders. I get my favorite TV shows on DVD from Netflix and I will NOT let myself watch them unless I do so on the treadmill. If I want to see the next episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, I need to watch it while moving. This usually works out well since TV shows are standard lengths of time and they usually jive with the length of a workout.
I also have favorite podcasts that I will not allow myself to listen to unless I’m walking outside. I adore Radio Lab and This American Life, both typically 1 hour in length. I really look forward to my walks because of these fantastic podcasts, the joy of exercising outside, and also quality time with my dog. I’m burning through my podcasts quickly, so I’ll happily take any of your recommendations for fun podcasts. I’ve also stumbled upon podcasts with running music that I’m looking forward to using.
I’ve also recently purchase a Wii. It’s in transit to my house as I type, but I’m hoping this will be one more motivator to move. I’m looking forward to playing this and hopefully getting to compete with my husband. I’m sure he’ll LOVE the dancing game I bought for it (not really).
Finally, the BIG BRIBE, which was an idea brought up in one of our classes last week. One of our participants talked about tracking activity on a calendar and after she met a specific goal at the end of the week or month, she would reward herself. I love this idea and may have to adopt it. I think I may make a point of booking a massage monthly if I meet my exercise goals for that month. Of course over time I could vary the reward, but hopefully I can think of rewards that don’t involve spending too much money….
What motivates you to move? Do you have any podcast suggestions? How about suggestions for non-food rewards?