The Romans back in ancient times knew it already: Mens sana in corpore sano, a healthy mind resides in a healthy body. When we are in good physical shape, life seems to be much easier. It’s easier to concentrate, we have a better mood and we can tolerate stress much better. A lot of people around me are currently talking about their desire to get back in shape. This has motivated me to get serious about it, too.
As I am getting fitter by exercising (and having fun doing it!), I also notice how I need pep talks and good ideas to prevent falling off the band wagon again. Starting a new routine is one thing, but staying on track is something completely different. It is great to have someone around to motivate you, but since I’m living alone as a celibate, it’s something I don’t have access to. This is where podcasts come in. I resubscribed to two of my favorite ones: Health and Holiness by Fr. Roderick and Pursuing a Balanced Life by Cliff Ravenscraft from the GSPN.tv network.
I exercise using a PC game recommended by Fr. Roderick, Yourself!Fitness, to get physically fit. You may have heard him talk about it in The Break. There’s a PC version and console version of the old game that originally was released in 2007. A few years ago it was ported to the Wii by Ubisoft and rebranded ‘My Fitness Coach‘ (affiliated link).
As I don’t have a console, I just stick to the old trusty PC game. It has less options (less workout areas and not as many music tracks), but in the core, it’s exactly the same game. It is a great tool for working out indoors. It is the only fitness regime I’ve been able to stick to. The main reason for it is the variation of exercises. They offer 500 exercises, and you can use any equipment you have, like a stability ball, hand weights or a step bench. I have no idea what Maya, my personal trainer, has in store for me when I start an exercise. When an exercise is too difficult, you can decrease difficulty, and she will pick another exercise for you. Every 10 workouts there’s a fitness test, so you can track your progress, and the game can adjust the exercises as you get fitter.
Does the Spring weather want you to change pace and get healthier? What are your tips? Share them in the comments!