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Finding Buddha at the Gym
I started working out about a month ago. I go to the gym regularly enough to be proud of myself, but not often enough to be impressed with myself.
Anyways, it is a (i guess) a typical gym. There are TVs in front of the rows of elliptical machines and the treadmills.
I find them to be pretty distracting, but I guess that's sort of the point. As long as you're moving it's okay, right?
Anyways, one of my goals is to try to keep my heart rate down while doing certain "courses" on the elliptical machine. I'm trying to keep my heart rate in the "weight loss zone" instead of the cardio zone. Because of my size and general out-of-shapeness, I find it very hard to keep my heart rate down to the level I need it to be at. So I tried meditation while exercising tonight.
That.... is NOT ... easy.
Distracted by the TV
Distracted by fatigue
Distracted by the blinking lights on the machine
Distracted by the heart rate meter
Distracted by sweat
Distracted by the little kids banging on the outside window
Distracted by people coming and going.
It's tough. But I did manage to keep to my target heart rate 75% of the time (the machine provides workout summaries at the end of your course). My goal is 90%. We'll see.