Today I got home and I did NOT want to exercise. I was tired, and I had fallen off the wagon for the past week after my back went a bit spazzy, so I was NOT feeling it.
I made a snap decision and say to myself, I’m going to post a public message that I’m going to live stream my Wii Fit workout. Then I’ll have to do it, and there will be videographic evidence that I really did a 30 minute workout.
So I posted a quick message, and people quickly popped into the Ustream chat before I’d even finished setting up the equipment. I let the viewers pick some of the workouts and I only live broadcasted the tv screen (not my sweating, heaving, out of shape body), so I didn’t feel pressure, just support.
People popped in and out as they felt like it (30 minutes of working out can be boring if you stay through the whole thing), and one person was actually working out with me on their own console, which was really cool. Here’s the video if you want to browse through different points of the workout and see how I did or what the Wii Fit is all about:
The verdict: I’ll be doing this more often, because it held me accountable for doing the workout, entertained viewers as I was intermittently wacked in the head with shoes during the soccer ball game, and I feel like it was more of a social activity, where I was supported in my hard work.
I won’t be posting (or even recording/saving) each workout session, but in the future I will be live streaming as many of them as possible, hopefully at least a few per week. Staying social and accountable to others during my effort this year to become healthier is REALLY working for me, so expect me to continue talking about where I’m at in the process and asking YOU to cheer me on when you can. :)
Ps. I’m up to 9 pounds lost since January 2nd! w00t!