I am a really unmotivated person. I enjoy working out but mostly I'm just too lazy to exercise. During school it was easy to stay in shape because I just took dance classes. That way good grades were my motivation to exercise. Plus those classes are just really fun when you have the right people in your classes. Anyway, this summer I decided my motivation would be Chicago.
So far that one word has done wonders! I actually have been running on the elliptical almost everyday, which is so much more than I have ever done over the summer before. But alas the elliptical is boring, and I am starting to slack. So what did I do? I joined a gym. That's right folks I have jumped on the band wagon, and now that I am paying for my exercise I'm even more motivated to work out. Plus, the gym I joined has a bunch of classes like yoga, cycling, zumba, and a bunch of other stuff. I love work out classes because then I have other people telling me what to do and watching me so it becomes a sort of pride thing where I push myself harder than I normally would if I was by myself doing a work out video. I am a very competitive person, which can be a bad thing at times, but when it motivates me to exercise harder then it's great!
But back to Chicago: For those of you in Theatre at SUU you will understand how this one word can make you want to exercise until you start sobbing uncontrollably, or puke. Either outcome works. Sadly, even while having this as my motivation I'm still bored with my exercise routine. So I have come up with a nerdy workout that keeps me happy while exercising.
First: obviously is cardio, because rule #1 in the event of a zombie apocalypse is cardio. So as I'm running on the treadmill or elliptical I just imagine a horde of zombie's chasing me. You have to imagine it in detail though! Usually I imagine this behind me.
So as I was saying I usually imagine this behind me as I'm running and I pretend I'm getting chased by the zombie's. It's even better if you imagine yourself running through different terrains. Sometimes I decide I'm being chased through the streets of New York and other times I weaving through trees in the redwood forest.
Second: weight training. I really dislike this part of working out. "Why?" you ask. The reason is simply because I am a weakling. The saddest thing is that when I flex absolutely nothing changes. It's really quite pathetic. So when I do weights at the gym I pick a number and then I go to that number, which is what a lot of people do. But then when I get to that number I imagine myself leveling up! It's actually really satisfying.
Third (and last): work out classes. While doing these classes I pretend I'm on a quest (like in Zelda) and I have to do everything exactly right to move on to the next level. And the final workout is like the final boss that I'm attempting to get to and defeat. Each exercise done correctly earns rupees (which is the monetary unit in Zelda for those of you who aren't cool enough to know that) which I can then use later on that day to buy myself treats.
And that is how I keep myself entertained at the gym. The end.