I told myself I was going to start training for a 5k. It lasted a day. It all started when I couldn’t go running because of rain and then I got sick and was sick for like two weeks. After that, between appointments, college and just my life in general, I forgot about that goal. While looking for motivation I remember what helped me train last time, what made my time fly and made me actually enjoy: I listened to Binge by Tyler Oakley. I love Audiobooks and I love to use them when I clean because I don’t like cleaning and it makes cleaning not boring and tedious.
I want to train for the 5k and just exercise in general. Exercise just puts me in a better mood and really gives me the energy and relaxation I need for college. Being active is hard when you’re a full time student, reader and blogger. I walk a lot during the day, but I also spend a lot of time sitting on my butt. The problem? In the morning I don’t want to wake up early and in the night I’m too exhausted, mentally, emotionally, and physically to do it. But while listening to Cinder without wanting to stop I realized what better way to motivate myself to do it than with a book so good that I won’t want to stop. Imagine actually wanting to exercise just so you can listen to the book sounds like what I need. Since I am, still, lacking motivation I made a challenge for myself and decided to share it here.
The audiobook exercise challenge.
Instructions aka how to:
Write down your goals.
First, you need to think and write down what are your goals. How many days a week you want to exercise, for how long, minimum of time, ideas of what exercise and so on. In my case I want to exercise at least three times a week and of those times I want to run at least three times a week. See where I’m going?
Set some groundrules.
Mine is very simple and I recommend them.
– I will only listen to the audiobook while I’m exercising. I will not listen to it on my way to college or my way to the gym. I will not listen to it while I clean, but only, ONLY while I exercise.
*The only exception is if I take the stairs. In college, Iuse to always take the stairs no matter how heavy my backpack is but this semester I’ve been too lazy and mostly used the electric stairs. Then in that case if I take all the stairs all day, then I’ll allow myself to
listen for 15 minutes at the end of the day but only 15 minutes. It might seem silly, but it makes a difference, especially for a book lover like me. This also motives me to keep reading, which motivate me to exercise.
* My other exception is if I exercised without them for the amount of time I exercise I allow myself to listen to it afterwards, for example, I wouldn’t use one while I do yoga, aerobics or if I have to listen to someone talk.
-If I don’t exercise, then I don’t listen to the audiobook and won’t allow myself to start another audiobook or book.
Set a reward system.
If the idea of listening to an audiobook is not enough or you’re looking for an extra push of
motivation set a reward system. If you finish an audiobook of 8 hours, then you get a new book (apart from the new audiobook), a movie, a day off to binge watch Netflix, new
clothes and so on. For mine, I’ll let myself buy a book, an audiobook or just spend a day reading nonstop or watching Netflix nonstop without doing homework or studying. Maybe a home spa day.
Look for an audiobook
You can get one on a library, maybe someone can lend you one or you can buy it. I like to use audible. The libraries where I live only have 5 or 6 encyclopedias and whatever dictionaries or book people donate so that’s a no no to even hope for good books much less Audiobooks. If you’re blessed with good libraries full of Audiobooks then go ahead. I like the audible because buying a credits its usually A LOT CHEAPER than buying the audiobook without. The good thing about audible is that they have 4 plans to choose from whether monthly or annually. The one that I have is monthly I pay 14.95 and get a credit, but you can pay 22.95 and get two. The other reason I love audible is because I can download it on my phone, my tablet or my mp3 and it will sync.
Make sure to look for highly engrossing but not too complicated audiobooks because those will need more concentration that you’ll probably be able to give it. What I also like to do is look for the best, longest books with the best narrators because I want my money to be well spent, make that credit worth it and because who wants to listen to an amazing story with a cringe worthy narrator? Not me.
Book that worked for me:
Simon vs the homosapien agenda by Becky Albertalli * mostly because of the narrator Michael Crouch who sounds like Tyler Oakley*
Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz *fun fact Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates this book and its amazing*
Books that didn’t work for me:
As you can see I like light, funny books for when I exercise there are exceptions of course but I enjoying the feeling of a good funny book and a good exercise.
Buy and download the audiobook
If you’re using audible try to download it all before leaving the house because unless you have unlimited data it is annoying having to spend data downloading the chapters. If you have the CD then pass it to your device.
Start listening, exercising, and enjoy.
This is the moment you were waiting for you can now exercise and enjoy the books
* Write down your goals, days you exercise, for how long and so on.
* Also write down the book you listened, authors, genre, narrators, which you liked, loved, dislike, hate and so on. This will help you choose your next audiobook.
*Write your ever changing goals, when you completed them, and what was you rewards. This will motivate you and since is ever changing is good to keep track
*Buy wireless headphones and wear clothes that let you carry you the device where your audiobook is stored. Nobody wants be all tangled up with cables that limit you.
Let me know how it went. Did it help?
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