My favorite mind games.

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    Oct 15, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    So, we all know that cardio can be boring sometimes. What do you think about (mind games) to keep your cardio fun/exciting/interesting?

    I can get bored during running pretty quickly. I use these 2 often:

    1. Alphabet Awesome. While I'm running, I go through the alphabet and think of something motivating that starts with each letter. I get inspiration from that for a while, and then move on to the next letter. It might be something like A...I think about how Awesome I am for taking care of myself. B...I think about how much Better I will be for being fit. C...I think about Courageous things I've done in my life. Etc.

    2. Runner's Suit. I start at my feet and think about the strength of each body part, all the way up to my head. I think about how the running increases the strength and flexibility of my feet. Then, how my ankles and calves are very powerful. Then, I think about building that cool "V" cut above my knee. Etc. As I move up my body, it kind of feels like I'm putting on a strong suit.


    Do you play any mind games during cardio?
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    Oct 16, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    I like pretending that I'm in a zombie apocalypse. I know it sounds silly but I think cardio is pretty important - even "Zombieland" says so!

    Also, I pretend my shadow is racing me or I'm racing towards some type of absolute truth and I have to catch it. Very dramatic and odd - I know, but it does get me through runs whenever I go for one.
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    Oct 16, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    Sometimes I let my emotional barriers down, and let the irrational feelings and emotions grind my gears and fuel my engines in complete passionate fury for whatever is in mind at the moment. I use a similar mental trick when I'd be working during rush/happy hour in restaurants. With a leaning towards focus and speed I'd charge myself to handle the highest volumes of customers that'd come in. Then them tips were insane! icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 16, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
    I used to do distance, both in college and in the military. I think nothing. My mind goes blank. And I just run.
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    Oct 16, 2012 12:46 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidI like pretending that I'm in a zombie apocalypse. I know it sounds silly but I think cardio is pretty important - even "Zombieland" says so!

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    You know there are apps for that. Seriously. I think its called "Zombie Run". Put in your headphones and the app will tell you where the zombies are in your area (down on Main Street, 2 blocks from you!) and that they are getting closer. I've never used it, but friends who have used it have told me that it is fun.
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    Oct 16, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    huhwhat saidI used to do distance, both in college and in the military. I think nothing. My mind goes blank. And I just run.


    I have no idea how to do this one. My mind is always analyzing something. Even if I tried to stop my thoughts, my next thought would be "What does 'not thinking' feel like compared to 'thinking' ". I guess this is why I like playing a game in my head so I can focus on something. Don't get me wrong, usually my thoughts are a lot of fun and keep me real happy, but I'm always always thinking about something. Except when I sleep. Out like a light.
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    Oct 16, 2012 1:04 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidI like pretending that I'm in a zombie apocalypse. I know it sounds silly but I think cardio is pretty important - even "Zombieland" says so!.


    Oh I'm doing something similar. I imagine a monster or something really scary trying to catch me, and it makes me so scared and I can run so fast.
    When I swim I also imagine I am flying in weightlessness in the space, or that I am some kind of diver in the sea.Generally it's very easy fo me to keep myself entertained in all situations...
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    Oct 16, 2012 1:20 PM GMT
    Not during cardio, but I was just thinking about how similar these mind games are to meditations.

    Maybe not the zombie, scary running ones, but the others..lol

    I find I can reach an almost meditative state when doing repetitive cardio - the brain switches to automatic, particularly when I'm focusing on my breath.. which is one of the reasons I love yoga..

    Not cardio per se, but can be challenging, and get the heart rate up while you warm up muscles and stretch.. ;)

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    Oct 16, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    Rockbiter saidSo, we all know that cardio can be boring sometimes. What do you think about (mind games) to keep your cardio fun/exciting/interesting?

    I can get bored during running pretty quickly. I use these 2 often:

    1. Alphabet Awesome. While I'm running, I go through the alphabet and think of something motivating that starts with each letter. I get inspiration from that for a while, and then move on to the next letter. It might be something like A...I think about how Awesome I am for taking care of myself. B...I think about how much Better I will be for being fit. C...I think about Courageous things I've done in my life. Etc.

    2. Runner's Suit. I start at my feet and think about the strength of each body part, all the way up to my head. I think about how the running increases the strength and flexibility of my feet. Then, how my ankles and calves are very powerful. Then, I think about building that cool "V" cut above my knee. Etc. As I move up my body, it kind of feels like I'm putting on a strong suit.


    Do you play any mind games during cardio?


    I really wanna try that now!
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    Oct 16, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    Rockbiter said
    huhwhat saidI used to do distance, both in college and in the military. I think nothing. My mind goes blank. And I just run.


    I have no idea how to do this one. My mind is always analyzing something. Even if I tried to stop my thoughts, my next thought would be "What does 'not thinking' feel like compared to 'thinking' ". I guess this is why I like playing a game in my head so I can focus on something. Don't get me wrong, usually my thoughts are a lot of fun and keep me real happy, but I'm always always thinking about something. Except when I sleep. Out like a light.

    I will have to try it out! After the premier of The Walking Dead, my brain is set to survival mode at the very thought of zombies! icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 16, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    sc69 saidNot during cardio, but I was just thinking about how similar these mind games are to meditations.




    I completely agree. I've never been a good "sit still" meditator. But when I'm walking in the woods or doing something, I can completely go into my own world that feels like a poetic trance.
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    Oct 16, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh said

    Also, I pretend ... I'm racing towards some type of absolute truth and I have to catch it. Very dramatic and odd - I know, but it does get me through runs whenever I go for one.


    I don't think it sounds weird at all. After a run, I usually feel very "clear". Like I'm more excited about things and all the important things about the day are motivating me.
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    Oct 17, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidI like pretending that I'm in a zombie apocalypse. I know it sounds silly but I think cardio is pretty important - even "Zombieland" says so!


    I do that too icon_razz.gif but I do use the app Rockbiter suggested, "Zombies, Run!". It's an amazing app, really fun to use.
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    Oct 17, 2012 6:33 AM GMT
    I used to think I'm being chased by a lion (not a tiger) on a treadmill! so ill be runnning and pushing myself harder. & I make myself feel like a Blue-whale in a pool cause it make me cool! and steady like it icon_wink.gif..* ugh is that what mind game is icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 17, 2012 7:07 AM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidI like pretending that I'm in a zombie apocalypse. I know it sounds silly but I think cardio is pretty important - even "Zombieland" says so!

    Also, I pretend my shadow is racing me or I'm racing towards some type of absolute truth and I have to catch it. Very dramatic and odd - I know, but it does get me through runs whenever I go for one.


    Stay limber.
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    Oct 17, 2012 7:17 AM GMT
    My runs take place on the beach, so there's usually enough going on to keep things interesting: Dodge the Cobble/Dogs/Small Children, Marvel at How Incredible the Ocean/Sky Looks, Find a Flock of Birds to Send Skittering, Scan Ahead for Eye Candy to Admire, OMG That Wave is Going to Slam Me Against Those Rocks, Ooh--Nice Hairy Chest, etc.

    But I'm perfectly content to just zone out while running: it affords me one of the few opportunities to disengage and think about nothing, or to allow the stream of consciousness to simply flow. Inevitably, though, I find myself in planning mode, thinking about what I'm going to cook for dinner, what work tasks will be complete by end of week, what yardwork needs to be done this weekend, next week's workout schedule, or the best way to go about solving some problem.

    Even when I'm thinking about all this (or nothing) I know that I'm continuously and unconsciously scanning the beach to chart out the path of my run and avoid obstacles: Look ahead ten yards, then look down to where I'm about to plant my feet, then look ahead ten yards, then look down to where I'm about to plant my feet, then look ahead ten yards...
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    Oct 17, 2012 7:51 AM GMT
    Run Lola Run. The whole plot -- running like hell to save someone you love from death at the hands of drug dealers or worse -- is like a video game with Do-Overs, and it's got to be one of the most exhilarating movie experiences I've ever had.

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    Oct 18, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    Not exactly mind games, but listening to music, listening to audiobooks help too (quoting my sister's)...

    I like to watch people (what they wear and what they do), watch TV (if there is one), or think about my day.

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    Oct 18, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    I run about 20-30 miles a week, and one of two things usually helps. Unfortunately, I can't just seem to zone out and think of nothing. But, if I'm stressed or have something on my mind, I use the time to try and sort things out.

    But my favorite is just to daydream. Good old daydreaming makes the run fly by and as a result, I've made a few daydreams actually happen. Oh, and music. Definitely music.
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    Oct 19, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    I do math while doing cardio. How long have I been running? How much is that in percent? If I do another x minutes, how many percent is that? If my calorie count at x minutes is this, what will it be at y? Same with distances? How much is that in km?
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    Oct 20, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    Rockbiter saidDo you play any mind games during cardio?
    Yes, I look at the road ahead and think of way to make it pass by faster.
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    Oct 20, 2012 9:51 AM GMT
    Haha, oh my god! I play running games, too. When I'm in a parking lot and running, I avoid the paint lines for parking spots and jump over them. If I'm running on a sidewalk, I step around the cracks. When I'm running on a track at a school or something, I pretend there's a giant spooky monster following me and if I stop running its going to get me. Other than those I run to the beat of my music. It's pretty fun. I call it, "Rhythmic Running."
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    Dec 10, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    I'm probably alone in this, but... the treadmill is like an endless catwalk. Put on some kick ass super music and strut it. Werq.
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    Dec 10, 2012 11:29 PM GMT
    I usually mentally replay some piece of music. The only problem is, apparently I let the tempo drag when I get tired, or on a big climb. I've noticed that when I actually have music playing on my iPhone, I'm forced to kick it up a notch.
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    Jun 20, 2013 9:51 PM GMT
    In high school I was on the crew team and we would have a thing called "Power of 10" where the we would count to 10 and each number would be harder then the next. Since then I always do power of 10s in almost everything I do. It gets my mind of fatigue