When I bought my iPad, I didn’t have this use in mind — watching TV shows streamed from Netflix while walking on the treadmill. It’s been great. Sometimes watching the next episode is my primary motivator for exercising.
I’ve been enjoying Wire in the Blood, a BBC crime drama, during my treadmill walks this week. For some reason, British shows have been my distraction of choice for exercising. I think there is a greater escape value in shows set in other countries. It’s like a mini-vacation. The two exceptions to my British-only rule have been Battlestar Galactica, which is out of this world, and Friday Night Lights. You know, they say that Texas is like a whole other country.
To give this post the slimmest connection to books, I watched the first season of the BBC show Sherlock a few months ago while walking on the treadmill. I love this modern take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. The present-day Sherlock is deliciously discomfiting in his Asperger-like view of the world. The modern John Watson, of course, has a blog — and, look, there really is a blog: The blog of Dr. John H. Watson. I’m resisting reading that now since I don’t want any spoilers for season 2, which we won’t see in the US until May. The relationship between Sherlock and John pulled me in immediately — Sherlock needs John to clue him in about normal human reactions and John needs Sherlock to give his life purpose and adventure. Our local PBS station has been rebroadcasting the first season of Sherlock on Sunday nights after Downton Abbey and I think I’ve got my husband hooked.
My January goal is 1300 minutes of exercise and 8 video workouts. I’m on track with 965 minutes and 5 video workouts. Next Tuesday will be the last day of the month, so check back to see if I manage 3 more video workouts and 335 minutes before then.
See Mari’s post today at Bookworm with a View for her exercise adventures and links to other participants: CHECKpoint! Jan 24. And, join us! A weekly blog checkpoint is a great way to keep up the energy to any exercise New Year’s Resolution that might be flagging about now.