I work in front of a computer a lot, by a lot I mean that sometimes I am seated in front of a computer for over ten hours a day.
I work a standard nine to five office job and I am a part-time graduate student, so I spend a lot of time in front of my computer. It can feel tough to keep fit, when you are burnt out from school and work and still have not had any physical exercise in your day.
My secret to success is listening to podcasts; I am a true crime junkie. I love watching true crime documentaries, reading serial killer books and everything and anything true crime related.
I never really thought much of podcasts before hearing people rave about Serial a few years back and then I got hooked. I devoured the podcast and was craving so much more.
I downloaded so many podcasts, but I never got around to listening to them — I just did not seem to have the ‘time.’
On top of my lifetime struggle to find more time in each day, I was also gaining weight.
I just was not receiving the same results and joy I use to get from the vigorous workouts of my twenties in my thirties.
I started to skip my workouts more and more and my pants were not loving the growth in my thighs.
I finally reached a point, where 70% of my clothes were no longer wearable and I was tired, grumpy and lethargic.
I knew I had to do something, but my younger mantra of ‘kick ass and repeat’ was not so appealing in my thirties; I did not want to kick any asses at all, especially my own.
I started to barter with myself. I put on my workout clothes, and bribed myself out the door by promising to listen to a podcast I loved and (just) go for a walk.
Nothing more, nothing less, just a walk.
I loved it and started to go everyday.
Even on days that I do workout, I still go out for my walk because I am looking forward to my podcast time.
I do not think or worry about how many miles I am logging in or my pace, I just walk for an hour and listen to my podcast.
I do not receive accolades when I get home. Instead of having to brag about my workouts, so some external praise will justify what I am doing, the internal gains from my walks are purely for myself.
I no longer needed to Instagram my exercise, to prove it happened because my walk is already meaningful to me.
I am actually enjoying it, so I do not give a damn if anyone else cares or not.
Now, instead of finding some crappy television to fill my time, I go for an hour long walk, listen to a podcast and feel so damn energized.
Am I losing weight by the millions? No, but I am managing my weight better and losing weight in a healthy way.
I know I am helping my body in a positive way, and walking for one hour is much better than sitting for said hour, watching television and eating ketchup chips.