- Someday Lesson: “Personality faults” can help you achieve your goals – it’s just a matter of using them in the right way.
Regular exercise bores me. Yes, that’s right, the idea of staying fit, keeping my weight down and having good pain-free posture is not enough to keep me moving.
I need goals, interesting fun goals. Decreasing waist size and increasing muscle are just too abstract for me to consider.
Take my running as an example. From the end of November to the middle of May, I built up my running endurance and abilities until I could run a 10km race without too much trouble and had even reached a top run of 14km. Then a few things happened to make running less fun. Mid-May I went to sign up for a 20km run at the beginning November but discovered I missed the window of opportunity and the event had sold out, plus at the beginning of June my summer allergies came on strong and moving more than a few blocks at anything other than a walk sucked all the breath out of my lungs and caused my legs to fall asleep mid-run literally from butt to toe-tip.
So, here I was no immediate goal and the fun factor was gone.
The same happened when I used to do indoor rock climbing. I was a faithful climber for two years, going two or three times a week, with built-in mini goals (getting to the top of the wall) that I could strive for. When I reached a point of being a good but not great climber, the next level would have required training outside the climbs in the form of upper body and finger strengthening.
Goodbye fun, hello work.
No, thank you.
I love the WiiFit, but once I had explored and unblocked everything the only thing left was weight loss and increasing my already decent sense of balance. Boring!
So here I am, two weeks away from forty with an expanding waistline and no way from keeping the expansion in check.
I looked again at why I don’t exercise.
- I have no concrete goal.
- I get bored quickly with long-term fitness goals.
Many people might say that my lack of exercise-related attention span is a fault and I should work on increasing it, or just force myself to exercise anyway, but I learned a long time ago the fastest way to get me to not do something is to force myself to do it.
One hundred pushups. Hmmm…
Sounds totally concrete and totally short term.
So I visited the site and especially liked how it gave me a (flexible) time limit: one hundred pushups in six weeks, more or less.
Plus the same site had links to doing two-hundred sit-ups and two-hundred squats, so once I have mastered the pushups, I will have two other programs to follow. I gave it a try, surprising myself with 20 pushups in my initial test and then getting through 45 pushups in five sets yesterday.
Fun and instant progress. Plus after doing the pushups I noticed how much better my posture was (yes, it only lasted an hour at most, but it’s at least some progress!)
And I can keep doing the WiiFit Yoga on my off days to make sure I don’t lose any of my flexibility.
So that’s my anti-boredom tip for the week: include in your goals some short-term concrete projects with tangible results that come quickly.
What are your anti-boredom tips?
Share them with me and you might win a totally rare Dr Seuss book – one of the few he didn’t write for children. Find out more about the Anti-Boredom Contest by clicking here.
P.S. In this case, I’m not an affiliate in any way of this site. I just like the program a lot.