Killing Cardio Time with TED
I hate cardio workouts. I basically hate anything repetitive (and this stretches from mundane data entry jobs to music that repeats a line over and over, to my seven-year-old making car racing noises with his Hot Wheels – I freak out inside.)
I came to realize that walking on a treadmill, cycling on a stationary bike, or skiing on an elliptical is just not going to cut it for me. I’m also too uncoordinated (aka embarrassed) to join a class. Cardio workouts are a real dilemma and I mostly just avoid them. But, as I can no longer ignore this part of my exercise routine, I had to find a solution. And, me, being a problem solver extraordinaire 😉 – found one.
I love TED Talks, but rarely sit around watching them. “I don’t have time.” But I do have time if I’m bored out of my tree on an Arc Trainer (similar to an elliptical). Watching a TED Talk while I “ski” has proved to be an excellent solution.
At the gym, I do my weight routine and then pick my TED Talk and use an Arc Trainer for the duration of the talk. The time goes much faster and I’m not bored. I still watch the clock a bit — I really do hate cardio — but the time ticks along by minutes instead of seconds.
Here are TED Talks I’ve watched that are worth checking out:
- How to speak up for yourself by Adam Galinsky
- Your body language shapes who you are by Amy Cuddy
- How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control by Ashley Judd
- How to get better at the things you care about by Eduardo Briceno
Do you have tricks to get through the things you don’t like doing? Please share your ideas with me.