Presently I train in the afternoons, although given the choice I would exercise in the mornings. Why? I hear you say with a look of disgust on your face. It’s because I like the way I feel after exercising and then feel for the rest of the day. But as with life come sacrifices. Because of parental duties I can’t just go to the gym at 5am like I used to. So, now I have to schedule it for the afternoon.
But that’s my situation. What is yours like? Probably busy like many people. But are we that busy? I know I know, I can hear the endless retort of “of course I am, you don’t know my situation!” And no I don’t. I am not familiar with your situation.
So I ask a question that will cut to the bone. How much time do you waste? Yes, I just asked that. I’m serious, I’m not joking around, how much time do you waste? How much time are you watching TV? How many commercials are you watching that require your utmost attention? How much time are you spending surfing the internet? How much time are you wasting on trivial things? Sorry, I know they’re important to you. Don’t let me dismiss those must watch TV shows.
Anyway I’ll get away from my ranting to state my point. Even if you ‘had’ to watch those TV shows, could you exercise while watching them? How about just exercising during the commercials?
I’ll give you an example, years ago, I was preparing to walk the Kokoda Track, in Papua New Guinea. For those who don’t know where Papua New Guinea is please click here. And for those who want to know what the Kokoda Track is please click here. Anyway, back to my story, I was preparing to walk/trek the Kokoda Track. Now the Kokoda Track is no Mount Everest, but is still no easy walk in the park.
To elevate my cardio levels I exercised while watching TV. Yep I purchased a cheap exercise bike and cycled away in front of TV every night. Not any extraordinary level to speak of, but over the months while preparing for the trek, my fitness increased steadily. I was not the fittest in my group to begin with. But after 4 months in a 9 month preparation, for the event, I was second only to the leader in our group, who is one of those super active people.
How fit would you become by exercising while watching TV at nights?
How much weight could you lose?
If you only did 1 hour per day, 7 days per week, you would rack up, 365 hours of cardio per year. All the while, still watching your favourite TV shows. What kind of effect would that have on your life?
What if you only did calisthenics during the commercials while watching TV every night? How much extra exercising would you get in?
These are just examples. What ways can you find to exercise while concurrently doing something else? Is that cheating? Is that allowed? It’s your life and your choice, so make the most of it.
You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
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