Do You Exercise While Reading?

March 28, 2015 Discussions 14

I hate exercising. I’m a horribly lazy person when it comes to going out and about. I’d much rather sit around at home and read, or do crafts like crochet and paint ceramics. So the thought of going to the gym, or out jogging/walking makes me cringe.

I love roller skating though! And when I actually had somewhere I could go and skate, I did it for hours and hours. That was also the last time I was able to call myself ‘thin.’

I’ve tried walking on a treadmill and reading, and it’s too distracting. Either I walk too slow to do myself any good, or the bouncing of the book makes me motion-sick after a while.

However, a month or so ago, a recumbent stationary bike came into my possession. And I love it! I can sit there and read, and not pay any attention to how long I’ve been exercising. The book doesn’t bounce in my hands since I’m not walking with it, and it’s low impact which is good since I have both a bad knee and a bad ankle.

I have yet to lose a single pound. But I have noticed I’m losing inches off my tummy, so I’m thinking I’m replacing the fat with muscle and perhaps the weight will start to fall off soon too.

Not looking forward to doing this during the summer, but at least I can turn the fan on and I’ll be the only one seeing me and using the bike. Unlike at the gym where there’s always a crowd and someone wanting the machine you’re using.


Do you exercise while you read? What is your preferred method of exercise?

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14 Responses to “Do You Exercise While Reading?”

  1. Lola

    I don’t exercise at all, I might go out for a walk now and then, but I don’t like exercise for the sake of exercise. I can’t imagine being able to exercise and read at the same time, although I think a stationary bike is probably the only way to achieve that.

    btw did you know that muscels weigh more than fat, so when you just start working out, it’s logical that you’re not losing weight. I also think that weighing yourself isn’t the way to go, but just get to a point where you feel comfortable in your own body.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Honestly, the only reason I weighed myself was because I noticed I’d lost inches off my tummy and was curious to see what my current weight was. I’m not concerned with losing a certain amount of weight pounds-wise, I just want to lose enough that I can fit into the clothes I used to and like the way I look in a mirror again. I don’t expect to ever see my high school or early 20’s weight again, but losing a few dress sizes would be nice!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I never seem to have enough time to do them separately. Plus I don’t actually like exercising, so reading while I do it means I’m not paying as much attention to when I can stop. And I get more done in the same amount of time!

  2. Ardelia

    I recently discovered Fitnessblender on Youtube, and I’ve been doing some of their workout videos. I used to run, but I have bad knees and a toddler (not to mention it’s been ridiculously cold outside), so indoor exercise it is.

    I’ve tried running on the treadmill and reading, and the book bouncing was awful. I couldn’t read more than a few words every few minutes because it gave me an awful headache. I’m not a huge fan of stationary bikes, but I think if I did use one, I’d be more inclined to read. But I’d probably watch T.V., honestly.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Luckily, my tv is downstairs and the bike is upstairs. So it’s reading while using it, or just using it with no distractions. I’d rather be reading!

      I didn’t like reading on the treadmill either. It didn’t give me a headache, but all the bouncing of the book made me sick. So just as bad.

    • SilvaraWilde

      I’d love to be able to do audio books. Unfortunately I’m too good at tuning things out. I get distracted and suddenly the audio book becomes background noise and I realize I haven’t heard a word said in the last however long. I have to pay attention to the audio book and nothing else in order to listen to them. Which seems like counter-productive since I would think the whole point of an audio book is to listen to them while doing other things!

  3. Karen Blue

    I use tet to speech a lot on my kindle to listen to books while I do stuff around the house, wait at the bus stop, walk the dog…I guess none of that is really exercise, though. I do workout videos so it is not practical since the instructor is giving out position instructions the whole time. I would listen to books if I could.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I’ve tried doing workout videos. I never can stick to them. I’ll do them daily or every other day for a few days, and then go back to not exercising! Roller skating, treadmill, and the stationary bike are the only things I seem to be able to stick with. And all I have access to at the moment is the stationary bike. (Sidewalks are too broken to roller skate on. )

  4. Karen Blue

    I think the only thing keeping me doing these YRG workouts, other than the money I spent on them, is the support I have found on their forum. Also, they recommend to take six pictures of yourself at the start of the program. I took the six pictures of myself at the start and I am committed to seeing a change in 6 months.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I didn’t take any pictures of myself before getting my stationary bike. I did do some measurements and wrote those down though. And even without checking the numbers, just by looking at my tummy I can see it’s noticeably smaller. But I can only tell that by looking down at it. From the front and sides I can’t see any difference. So pictures might not have helped even if I had them! *laughs*

      Good luck with your goals, I hope you reach them and are able to stay at a shape that makes you happy!

    • SilvaraWilde

      Yay! *has a sudden vision of an army book reviewers all in a row, peddling on stationary bikes while reading*

      Thanks for stopping by!

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