There are times when the thought of going to the gym makes me want to curl up into a ball and stop time - the kind of toddler-tantrum reluctance of holding onto the legs of a desk and having to be dragged out of the building by someone in charge. Except as an adult, there's nobody to pry your grip away and make you do the thing you don't want to do, except yourself. I just started working out again consistently after a 10-year hiatus, and I've managed to nail down a few tricks for forcing myself to work out when it feels like the last thing I want to do (or am capable of doing).
It seems like everyone has an activity monitor these days. For those who don't want to broadcast the fact, Polar's A300 activity monitor allows you to fly under the radar with a design that looks and functions like a watch - and even accepts interchangeable wristbands in a range of colors (sold separately) to fit any style or mood.
Sometimes at night, Tim Navis lies awake thinking about camping alongside a dirt road in Kazakhstan or, too tired to drive, slumping over the steering wheel of a beat-up Fiat in Russia - just two experiences from a saga-like journey a few years back that began in England and ended in Mongolia.
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