Weeknotes 99 - Think later
- Loving Fitness+ at the moment. Aside from the integration between the Apple TV and my watch (which is seamless) there are a few other aspects that work really well, especially compared to my FitOn subscription.
- For one, the instructors seem more diverse in lots of ways. Each workout is performed by the instructor plus two sidekicks, one showing easier versions of each exercise and the other showing you what to do to really push yourself.
- There are a few pre-set workout durations to choose from, and the actual recordings are within 60 seconds of the allocated time. This makes it easier to plan ahead. FitOn workouts are all different lengths, so if I have a 20 min slot I have to choose between something slightly shorter, say 17 mins, or have to rush after the workout to make it to a meeting on time).
- The strength workouts always focus on the whole body rather than specific parts, which seems like a great choice for majority of people. There is a separate category for core exercises. I’ve done several of either and I think I prefer this approach to focusing on arms one day, then core the next, then legs (or let’s face it, skipping legs). This way I just can’t avoid doing legs. Probably for the best.
- And last but definitely not least, Fitness+ workout playlists are actually good, with actual bangers I love instead of nameless exercise muzak. It makes such a difference to be powered by Britney when you’re trying to get your heart rate up to 160.
- While I was riding my horse in Red Dead Redemption 2 I saw some lights in the forest. I came closer and saw a group of people wearing the KKK outfits, and before I could see what they were up to I pulled out my rifle and put an end to it. To my surprise the game rewarded me with honour, which is a measure of how good or bad your behaviour in game has made your character (normally you lose honour if you start shooting people). I’ve learned an important lesson, that is shoot first, think later.
- One of the wild things I’ve discovered now that I’ve spent about 73 hours playing the game is that Rockstar created an online shop for your character — it’s stylised to look like a store catalogue in the game, and when you buy items in it they appear on your character. I don’t want to say it’s a game-changer, but it can be faster than riding your horse to the shop.
- Last year I struggled to read books, but this list of ways to kickstart your love of reading again filled me with new energy. The rule about abandoning books that aren’t fun to read is probably the one I have to start living. It hadn’t occurred to me that maybe it’s not me, it’s them — the boring books are the problem here.