Playing Games With Life

Posted: November 15, 2006 in General

Cara and I joined a gym a few weeks ago. As many of my friends know, I’m a lazy bastard, so joining a gym seems like a laughable concept. I know myself, so I tried to set up a one easy rule that I’m going to follow:

I have to go three times a week. Monday, Wednesday and one day on the weekend. I can wimp out and walk on the treadmill for five minutes, but I have to at least go.

So far so good, I’m starting to establish a routine (although I figure it will be a few months before it IS a routine). My main goal is to increase heart and lung capacity, and I think my machine of choice is the treadmill.

To encourage myself, I’ve started a game with myself. Although I’m pitifully weak right now (in general), I’ve set a goal, and each time I go to the gym I’m attempting to better my “score”. Right now the treadmill calculates calories that I’ve burned, my goal is to burn 200 calories. Each time I go to the gym I want to burn off those 200 calories faster than the time before.

Monday it took me a lengthy 18 minutes and 26 seconds to hit my goal.

As a side note, I’ve realized that using calories as a goal probably isn’t the way I should be structuring this. I should be targeting a time (i.e. 20 minutes) and see how far I can run/walk in that time. Of course it is easier to shoot for a fixed destination and a variable time, it plays into my laziness by saying that I can quit earlier if I accomplish my goal quickly.

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