I met with my trainer the other day and he said I needed to get more exercise on my off days. Go for a walk or something.
So I have been. However, it’s cold, and we’re busy, so it’s hard to find the time. Like just about everyone else it’s so hard to make myself get moving. That is actually one of the tenets of the way I coach classes at the gym. It’s not easy for me—to eat well, to go to the gym, to plan this type of lifestyle—but I do it. I get the feedback all the time when I teach that it’s helpful to have a trainer that is living the struggle with the rest of the group. Fitness doesn’t come naturally to me, my first love is design and tech (which is all done sitting on your butt). I also love to play video games.
I paired what I love—video games—with what I should be doing—walking on the treadmill—and voila! I’m getting in the extra activity recommended. It’s important to note that this is activity not exercise.
I’ve been a proponent of a standing desk for a long time (we have these in the office). Before that happened though we’d outfitted our treadmill with a desk as well. We attached an IKEA shelf to the wall, and another clamps to the rails of the treadmill. We have a wall mounted TV that hooks to our computers (and networks with the other TV in the room, oh nerds, so nerdy).
I’ve been currently playing World of Warcraft while I walk.
Playing World of Warcraft as I Walk
I play while I walk and an hour or more goes by fairly quickly. I walk at about 2mph. I started a new character to play while I walk, so that one is just getting going. Out of curiosity though I ran the numbers.
I’ve been playing this game for years, and it used to consume large swaths of our lives. Across all my characters I’ve played for a total of 1,115.5 hours — that is more than 46 straight days (don’t judge).
If I was walking that entire time, I would have walked 2,231 miles. That is all the way to Morador and a good chunk of the way back to the Shire. That’s a little more than walking from Salt Lake City to New York City (hi Kira!).
More importantly for the purposes of this article, that also means that I would have burned 240,948 calories—and that would be 68.84 pounds down. Sheesh.
Have you tried it?
Have you ever tried to walk while you watch TV or play video games? Any other good ways to sneak in some exercise? You can comment by joining our Facebook group: Leans, Greens & RDLs.