Adventures on the Treadmill
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.
My husband gave me an iPad for Christmas and I use it the same way, LOVE my treadmill time now!
I haven’t watched on edisode of Friday Night Lights, is it on Netflix? If yes… I might start from season 1.
Great week! Good luck staying focused this week. 🙂
Yes! Friday Night Lights is on Netflix. Good stories and I found them just the right length for a workout.
I have a box that lets me stream netflix on my tv. I always watch when I walk on my treadmill. You’re right it is a big motivator.
Have you watched Breaking Bad and have I recommended it to you 1,000 times? Sorry, if so. It’s the only tv program I recommend. It’s not for everybody but it’s EXCEPTIONAL writing.
Thanks, Lily! I’ll give that a try.
I use mine on the stationary bike. It’s the only thing that gets me through it. Good luck with the January goals!
I loved Wire In The Blood and was so saddened and annoyed when they announced they were not making any further episodes. I do however believe an American version is in the though I can’t see this being the same without Robson Green in the lead role of Tony.
You’re doing terrific! My husband loves his iPad and would be lost without it.
I use my iPad for Netflix, too! I like it a lot more than on the computer, or a laptop or even the TV. Ever since we moved, though, we don’t have a treadmill anymore.
I love SHERLOCK! I’ve been trying to find out when I’ll be able to watch it here in Canada. I watched the first season on Netflix, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’ll be showing the second season too.
And you’re doing great with your challenge results! I started out the new year with the goal of exercising at least a little every day. After the first week with zero success, I switched to a weekly goal. Still no success yet …