The gym as a reward

Saturday, March 10th, 2007 @ 10:12 | sports

Yesterday I went back to the gym for the second of my two weekly workouts. It felt fantastic afterwards, I just smiled all through my post-workout sauna. There was a couple of things I did that caused this.

First, I set the workout as a reward for myself for getting the week done. I started my work on Friday with the sentiment of “what I need to do before I can go to the gym”. So instead of feeling tired after a week’s work, I was happy to reach my goal.

Second, I further increased the rewarding feeling of the workout by incorporating a couple of things I’d been looking forward to. There was a podcast (One Life Left, good introduction here) I’d wanted to listen to but hadn’t found a suitable one-our slot – listening to it while working out was a very good idea. Then there’s the issue of pedaling. I pedal to warm up and wind down, which requires at least half an hour of sitting. I find this various degrees of dull. A portable music player alleviated the problem somewhat, but yesterday I realized I could read the week’s economic news while pedaling. Score two for time management! Reading the newspaper is another thing I rarely have time for, so a twice-weekly recap ought to come in handy.
With just two workouts behind in my renewed efforts to stay fit, there’s a huge addictive feeling going on. I can’t wait to get back to the gym. Unfortunately, my muscles ache enough to prohibit more than two workouts a week for now.

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