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This isn't meant to be general, just some ideas for my own benefit. But if you find any of these ideas useful, awesome! Feel free to use 'em as you like.

  1. Buy a punching bag. It would be nice to be able to use up excess cortisol by hitting something.

  2. Go rock climbing. It's one of the paradoxes of my life: I hate heights, and yet I love climbing. So I should go find some nice, easy rocks to climb.

  3. Walk with friends. My friend Jeff does short-to-medium-length walks every week or so. I should join him on one. (I was going to do so a couple weeks ago, but I ended up with a nasty headache and so had to cancel.)

  4. Exercise while dinner is cooking. That way, I have a built-in reward. (Of course, this wouldn't work for anything that has to be monitored constantly, but it would for a lot of the things I cook.)

  5. Go to the batting cage. I did this a while back, and it was a lot of fun. Hands hurt like heck afterward, but it was pain and not damage, so I'm not worried about injuring myself. Probably not practical to do more than once a week, though. (This was how I discovered that I'm a pretty decent switch-hitter. Not as good left-handed as right, but not really very much worse.)

  6. T'ai Chi. I took a class a long time ago, but lack of practice has caused me to forget everything. I should look into another class or maybe some kind of self-study via DVD or Internet.

Alas, the brain gave up at six. Maybe I'll try later for more.


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kishiriadgr
Nov. 6th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
How do you feel about yoga? I loved to walk to Pilgrimage of the Heart in North Park on the weekends when I lived there. I've found a studio I like here, but we're paying off credit cards at the moment so I'm postponing buying a membership until that's done.
ebenbrooks
Nov. 10th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
I've tried yoga, but it's hard to keep up with it, since I usually have to go someplace to do it. That's why I've been considering a video or internet course in Tai Chi, so I don't have to drive to a studio for classes.
kiltcheck
Nov. 9th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Best of luck to you on change of habits. It ain't easy, I know!!!

I've been having some fun with something that RhinoGirl and her husband got me into (and as a fellow gamer, I think you might also find fun and useful): HabitRPG.com.

You get a silly little 8-bit Avatar, pet and eventually a mount, and you get EPs as you accomplish tasks, and take damage when you don't do things in a timely manner that you'd planned. I love task management software for projects -- but it has sucked for personal things (other than packing lists and stuff). This has a great fun factor. You can even team up with people for missions against baddies and get kewl virtual loot to suss up your Avatar! I think you might find that useful.

Let me know if you end up joining!

ebenbrooks
Nov. 10th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'll take a look at that. It sounds very interesting. Thanks! :)
ebenbrooks
Nov. 11th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
Okay, it looks interesting, so I've joined. My username there is the same as my username here. :)
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