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Day 265: unfit

Exercise is a chore for me, despite what my purchases of Wii Fit and EA Sports Active might have you believing.

Given the choice, Iíd almost always pick to watch TV or play games or eat candy over exercising.  Itís just the easier path, the one of least resistance.

But if I can manage to get two major elements in place, I think being fitter and healthier wouldnít be as much of a hassle.

1. Form a routine
This is something that Iíve tried to do several times.  Iíll exercise regularly for a few days, maybe even a week, at around the same time of day (either at work or at home) and then Iíll forget or wake up late or have too much work one day and the whole thing will fall apart.

So how do I make a routine more successful?  Pick a time when Iím almost always be free and may not be dependent on waking up early?  Force myself to do it enough times that it begins to feel more like muscle memory than actual effort?  Iím not completely certain.

2. Make it fun
Wii Fit or EA Sports Active is a start.  There are elements that feel a bit game-y, there are goals and achievements presented in a format I know and love, and I fire up my Wii to use them.  ButÖitís not quite enough.  It still feels like exercise to me, because it is exercise.

Does it mean joining a community team sport instead?  Forming some kind of larger meta-game around exercising?  Having a workout buddy that I can compete against?  Again, Iím not sure, but I know that figuring this out would also go a long way to keeping me motivated.

I know I have to get better at this, but itís never been a priority.  I keep pushing it off because itís not fun to think about and itís not fun to do.  I think concretely finding solutions to the two issues I outlined above would be major steps in the right direction.


  1. One thing you could do instead (and I apologize if this is just noise and it doesn’t at all make sense in your case) is make it necessary. I have to bike to work every day- I don’t have a car, and the bus takes twice as long. If you can manage a way to do that, it doesn’t matter if it’s fun (which biking usually is anyway, I think), because you have to do it. I don’t know how far you live from work, but I imagine it’s a ways, because everything in the bay area is far away… but maybe it’s 10 miles, and you say “on Tuesdays and Thursdays I am not allowed to use the car to get to work”? I guess it’s still a thing you have to stick to. I wonder if there are other ways you could make exercise necessary.

    Other bonuses to biking: it doesn’t take any extra time (because “exercise” and “commute” time are the same), it’s pretty fun, it gets me outside.

  2. Alas, we live a good 35-minute drive from work, through various freeways and bridges. Biking would make my commute much longer and scarier.

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