Geek Goals

This year is about getting my sanity back. Getting my health my house and my family into a better place by deliberate incremental changes in all areas of my life.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Fitness Games?

I read this article on a finance blog the other day and thought it had some good basic advice for starting an exercise plan.

http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2008/06/05/the-parallels-between-fitness-and-finance/

I found his point about making it a game very interesting. Does anyone make a game out of their fitness or diet routines? In Jazzercise they have games all the time, the one right now is get 30 points in June and July and get a free water bottle. You get a point for going to class of course, and then there will be bonus points sometimes and you get 5 points for inviting a guest that signs up to join etc.

I have never been able to create my own game for fitness that works for a prolonged period of time. I usually can go about 4 to 5 weeks before something interrupts me. Starting this blog was supposed to create kind of a competition and support structure for Mel and I with our goals lined out but it only works if there is reward of some sort. Other than staying in contact with my friends the only reward I have ever sought is the goal of being in shape. Once I did give myself a weight loss target and bought an iPod when I reached it.

2 comments:

jmac said...

No games for me, just the motivation to not have knee pain like my mom has and heart issues like my dad has.

Karen said...

The gym I go to has a point and award system. I use it to track my progress and to see that I actually go to the gym. Then I usually use the points towards guest passes.

I use a HRM so I guess you could call it game of keeping the HR in range. When I first started using it I found I barely got my heartrate up - despite the sweating! It got me to push myself a little harder during my workouts. Now I consider it to be a good workout if I have 30 min in my target HR range.