Friday, 11 July 2014

Working Out Is Boring

Well I can probably just leave it at that can't I? See you next week folks.
Not really of course. I'm still here. So are you. Hopefully. There are two major parts to losing weight;

  • Eating right
  • Exercise
Weight loss basically comes down to a calorie deficit. There's a maximum you're supposed to eat and anything below that is a deficit. So if I'm allowed 2000 calories, and I eat 1500, that's a 500 calorie deficit. Oddly enough a 500 calorie deficit is all you need. If you have a 500 calorie deficit every day you should burn 2 pounds a week. It's pretty easy to get one of those by burning 250 calories and eating 250 calories less than you usually do. That right there folks is the actual secret to losing weight.
I probably should have charged you for that
There's just one problem with that; exercise is boring as hell. It's monotonous and tiring in more ways than one. You're actually not supposed to distract yourself when you exercise but you have to. Some people listen to music, some people read, and some people watch TV. I personally do at least one. Yesterday I did some reading.
I need to do more reading.
Today is one of my rest days which is good for me. For the past few days I've had a 1000 calorie deficit. I'm not sure how I'm still standing. That's the biggest problem I have with working out at the gym and probably the main reason I stopped going. I was bored. Like, really, really bored. Music doesn't really take you out of the activity that you're doing. I'm used to listening to music while doing other things so it fades into background noise very easily for me. It's hard to read when you're on a gym machine too unless it's an exercise bike and I have one of those at home. They have TV screens but nothing I really like is on because I go in the middle of the day. That's when TV is it's most boring. I'm beating it at home though and getting in those good, long, workouts. So still "go me" I guess.

How do you remove the monotony of exercise? Assuming you exercise. 

4 comments:

  1. Usually I get too much "excercise" at work... though it is not real excercise, just very tiring. If it was up to me I would just try to rest on my days off, but I have to do some push ups and that sort of thing, if I have anything left after the work week.

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  2. counting or focusing on my breathing really helps me, but exercise gets puts me in my OCD phase. But most of my energy is expended climbing mountains and avoiding negativity. Gotta save the oxytocin for myself.

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  3. music...music keeps me going...books on tape/cd/downloads...anything to distract me....
    ha. love that star trek pic...

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  4. Yeah when I was younger I would work out daily to loud music but not so much now days

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