I make myself 'earn' minutes to watch TV or play computer games by exercising. ie, to watch 30 minutes of TV, I need 30 minutes of activity. 'activity' includes household chores, so this gets me moving, limits how much junk I watch, and gives me a dual purpose for using the vacuum.
I started doing this after reading the Mayo Clinic Diet Book, so they get the credit for planting the seed of this.
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Since taking our Cable down to just basic tv, I suddenly have a ton of time to exercise.
At first it was really hard because I missed alot of (useless) shows I had gotten addicted to. I used to sit on the couch and wish I had a more active adventurous lifestyle. Now that I don't even have the option of wasting time in front of the TV, I have that more active lifestyle I've always wanted
This is a band that you wear when you exercise that counts your exercise minutes and for every 60, you earn 60 points which can be redeemed for gift cards. You can earn 60 points each day - on those days when I feel like quitting after 45 minutes, I push myself to do the full 60 to earn the points, it is an excellent motivator. This is available at s2h.com
I have to earn TV time. I DVR my favorite shows and they are not allowed to be played until I exercise. So, if I don't want to find out on the news who went home on the Biggest Loser then I've got to lace up my sneakers! I record about 1 hour then I hop on my elliptical. No commercials!
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