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I am loving TED Talks, so many brilliant ideas. And it’s still helping me get through my cardio workouts. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been able to boost my time from 15 minutes to 40 minutes, all thanks to TED! I now watch two to three talks per workout.
Here’s my recommendations:
What are animals thinking and feeling? – Carl Safina
Heartfelt animal feelings.
The power of introverts – Susan Cain
Enlightening and thought provoking.
The happy secret to better work – Shawn Achor
Positive psychology. I love the speakers that use humour. 🙂
Maybe the title should be who isn’t addicted to Netflix? The best two things about Netflix (like I need to tell you) – no commercials and you can watch an entire series, or season in a binge sitting. Around here – 10 p.m. is Netflix time, kids are in bed and we watch an episode or two of our current addiction.
Here’s a few shows we love:
- That 70’s Show
- Breaking Bad
- Lie to Me (only watch season 1, season 2 killed it.)
Shows that I wait impatiently for the next season to stream:
- Stranger Things
- Better Call Saul
- Jessica Jones
- Bates Motel
- Mrs. Brown’s Boys
- Walking Dead
- Santa Clarita Diet
- Luke Cage
Shows that came highly recommended, but we just couldn’t get into:
- Once Upon a Time
- A Series of Unfortunate Events
What do you recommend?
I hunted through my phone (I use Android.) and considered the apps I used most, or find the most useful. Here’s some I recommend:
Instasize. Want to make picture collages, add backgrounds, text, crop… anything really… Instasize is my app for prepping pics for Instagram. (Give me a follow! I’d love to see your gallery too.)
Zedge. This is where I get backgrounds and ringtones to personalize my phone.
Weather Network. I have tried so many apps to get the right weather display that I can follow. I’ve even tried paying for some (don’t do that… not worth it!) I always come back to the good old Weather Network.
My Fitness Pal. Great app for tracking all things diet and fitness! It also syncs with your FitBit, if you use one.
Beep ‘n’ Go. I got tired of carrying so many membership cards for places where I shop. Beep ‘n’ Go holds them all for me on my phone. Works great!
Pay By Phone. I’m not sure about other cities, but if you’re in Winnipeg, and you park downtown, you need this app! I pay for parking with my credit card, never have to run back to the meter to plug in more coins. I even get a text message when my time is running low.
Manitoba 511. If you live in the country in Manitoba, you need this one. Highway conditions at your finger tips.
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.