It's been a stressful week with my husband out of town and my kids have been testing my patience a bit more than usual today. Thus, I felt the need for some cardio therapy. I worked out for 45 minutes on the elliptical, did 3.55 miles and burned 442 calories according to the likely inaccurate calorie-counter on my machine. I did not even look at the time until 32 minutes had passed. How is that possible?
Well, while I worked out, I watched the last 17 minutes of one episode of The Vampire Diaries (including some commercials that I fast-forwarded through) and then began a new episode. I made a self-imposed rule that I could not check the time on the machine until the second commercial break in the new episode. It was a game of willpower and I won! I was trekking along thinking, "Surely it will be past the 20-minute mark." Imagine my surprise to see 32 minutes had already passed. I also was already at 2.6 miles. I first decided to make it to 2.75 miles. Then I decided to make it to 350 calories burned, then the goal became 3 miles, then 45 minutes and/or 3.5 miles.
It's just like with teaching. If you can make it a game, it's that much more engaging.