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.

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.


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.