Sometimes getting through a workout calls for a health hack. Read on for my top three health tips and tricks for ignoring the fact that you’re exercising.
Can we talk about my inability to properly use a playlist? Even after I finally subscribed to Spotify Premium (how did I ever live pre-Spotify?) and was able to curate the most thoughtful and organized playlists, I still found myself butchering my own hard work.
skip, skip, skip…. oh I like this song….ok, now I’m bored with this song…. skip…
I have a hard time driving passengers in my car. First, because no one is nearly as excited as I expect them to be about my new favorite song.
Second, because they always want to talk during my new favorite song. And third, because they don’t appreciate that I’m clearly looking out for them by switching to a new tune once all the good parts are over.
I will admit that while I’m working out and simultaneously trying to forget that I’m working out, my habitual song flipping gets in the way. I finally realized that there are some situations when the music is just not making things better.
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While I try to keep my workouts exciting, there are some times when I just need to distract myself. That’s why I decided to multi-task by nerding out during my time at the gym.
Health Hack #1: Podcasts
These are a current necessity during my workouts. There are so many I want to listen to and there just aren’t enough workout hours in they day. Podcasts are so great because you can find the ones that interest you the most.
Unlike a radio show, you can find podcasts that meet very specific interests. And best of all, they’re usually not much longer than an hour, so you won’t have to remember where you left off! I just started listening to The Bold Life Movement with Kimberly Rich and I’m a longtime fan of Nerdette Podcast and Reply All.
Health Hack #2: Listen to a book
I try my best to make reading a priority, whether it’s fiction for fun or non-fiction for personal growth. I downloaded Audible and can get through 5 hours of a book in some weeks just from my workouts.
Most of the books I read range between 12 and 18 hours so I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. My recent favorite book (and one I pretty much recommend to strangers I meet on the street) is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. You will not regret listening to this one.
Health Hack #3: Catch up on the news
If you’re like me and no longer own a radio outside of your car, you’re in luck because you don’t need one. If podcasts and books aren’t your thing and the idea of actually keeping up with the news is something you’ve been struggling with, you can download Tune In Radio or a similar radio app on your smartphone.
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