Customizable fitness gamification, or other ways to motivate myself to do slow-result physical therapy?
October 6, 2012 6:08 PM Subscribe
How do I gamify my daily physical therapy, or otherwise help myself to stay compliant?
posted by moira to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I'm starting from an extremely low level of ability, making very slow progress, and having frequent setbacks, so it's easy to be discouraged and unmotivated.
I thought it would help to make a plan that allows me to level-up and see my progress. For that, I made an unwieldy Excel spreadsheet that shows my baby steps. Maybe it'll work, but I wanted to look at my other options. Unfortunately, it seems like most fitness apps have specific exercises such as running and weightlifting, and my PT exercises are wee little things called "bridges" and "clams" and eventually "railroads." When I get strong enough, I plan to try walking, dancing and Tai Chi.
Exercise for the sake of exercise never appealed to me, and my PT exercises are dead boring with no innate challenge. I'm trying to stay positive and think of it as an opportunity to practice mindfulness, but that's not getting me very far. They take focus, so I can't watch TV or read.
Thank you for any advice you have to offer on how to permanently make this a part of my life.