Wednesday, July 01, 2020
For the sake of not only avoiding burnout but also coping with being stuck at home indefinitely (I have multiple underlying conditions and cannot afford to take any risks I don't have to with COVID), I have had to find ways to make exercise fun and fresh every day. I try to exercise for at least an hour every day because I once read a study showing that that amount of exercise helps for long-term maintenance after weight loss. Needless to say, I don't ever want to make myself slog through an hour of exercise I don't want to do, so here's how I've kept myself looking forward to exercise every day. I haven't missed a day yet!
-Obviously, I try to mix it up and do something different each day.
-I leave my options open-- as long as I do my 60 minutes, I don't care if it's low, medium, or high intensity.
-I mimic exercises that I can't do outdoors at home. For example, there's this beautiful hike I love to do each year at Lake Tahoe. It's about a mile downhill, then you can rent a kayak at the bottom for awhile, then walk a mile back uphill to the trail start. So, I walk a mile on the treadmill, kayak at my local lake, then walk another mile on the treadmill with incline.
-I play exercise-oriented games. Pokemon Go was a good one back in the day, but now my go-to is Just Dance. I'm also thinking of giving Ring Fit on Nintendo Switch a try.
-I watch virtual hike and bike ride videos on YouTube while on the treadmill and stationary bike, respectively. It's pretty relaxing, and I can choose locations across the world to take a virtual tour of.
-I play games on my phone or Nintendo Switch while on the stationary bike. This is the best way if I want to just forget that I'm exercising for awhile, while still usually burning at least 300 calories per hour, sometimes more.
-Anything with choreographed moves keeps me engaged and entertained, especially while listening to music. Cardio dance and kickboxing are both high-intensity and lots of fun for me.
I honestly feel like I can keep up this routine indefinitely, and it'll be maintaining my healthy diet that will be the hard part of losing the rest of the weight I need to lose and staying at my target weight from then on. Maybe I'll brainstorm some diet-related strategies another time.