I Challenge you to Unplug Your Workout
Its just a fact we are living in the age of distraction. Cars with TVs in them? Seriously? IPods and phones you can download movies to? Is it normal to unexpectedly have to kill 2 hours of time away from home? If so, I’m over worked.
Even our relaxation time has been infiltrated by the electronics.
I’m guilty. I’m the first one to preach about exercising as a time to just let your mind relax and your body take over. Yet, I can’t get through 30 minutes of cardio without my iPod. My thoughts just aren’t that interesting. I need something to distract me to get through it. For me, music is enough, but I’ve seen people hooked up to so many gadget at the gym they look like they are under going scientific testing: heart rate monitors, iPods, TVs in the cardio machines. Its nuts.
Being distracted during exercise continues the perception that exercise is something you just have to get through or put up with. Exercise isn’t something to be endured. Exercise, really, should be something to be enjoyed. Even though I need my music in the gym (usually just to discourage people from talking to me) when I take my dog for long walks, I like to go sans tunes. The scenery and the fresh air are far more interesting and I enjoy the solitude.
If you are a gadget-a-holic, I challenge you to unplug, just for one workout. Instead of focusing on what The Real Housewives are up to, focus on your body. Focus on how hard your muscles are working, listen to your heart pumping, feel yourself sweat, the tension disappear and your energy level increase. Feel yourself get stronger and feel better.
I guarantee you’ll find a new appreciation for exercise- and your body.
Do you accept?