I have a confession to make. I hate the gym. As someone who manages a community that is dedicated to helping women over 60 to live healthier lives, I feel kind of guilty about this. In reality, like most women over 60, I see working out as a “necessary evil.”

Oh, I love walking. There is nothing I enjoy more than taking a leisurely stroll around the lake by my house. But, when it comes to serious exercise – the kind of exercise that makes you sweat – I have trouble getting motivated.

For this reason, I am always looking for ways to combine activities that I love with activities that are good for me.

Why Can’t I Lose Weight Watching Movies?

I was having dinner with my son the other day when I joked that I wished that watching movies was considered “exercise.” I told him that I would be in the best shape of my life. As with so many “ah ha” moments, his response was beautiful and simple at the same time.

He looked at me and said, “Actually, why not? Why don’t you just take your iPad to the gym? You can just put it on the elliptical machine… and away you go!”

The next day, I decided to give it a try. I took my iPad and headphones with me to the gym. Then, I set the machine to run on a pre-defined program. I carefully placed my iPad on the machine and started my workout.

I intentionally picked a fast paced title for my first “movie workout.” With Skyfall playing, I swear that I didn’t notice that I was working out until the beep sounded, 45 minutes later. 45 minutes!

I would never, in a million years, have stayed on the elliptical machine for 45 minutes if I hadn’t been watching James Bond.

Ok, maybe you could argue that I’m not getting as good of a workout as I would have if I concentrated on it 100%. That’s not the point. The point, for me at least, is that I now spend an extra 2 hours at the gym every week. I’m losing weight and, more importantly, I feel stronger.

The only word of warning that I would give is that is can be a bit tricky to position your iPad securely on the machine. So, be extra careful. It might be easier to watch videos on your phone if it fits more securely.

Have you found any unusual ways of getting yourself to the gym? What physical activities or sports do you enjoy the most? Please join the conversation.


Watch my video with registered nurse, Julie Dargan, for more tips on how to get back in shape after menopause.

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