Watching British TV to Motivate my Exercise

Watching British TV to Motivate my Exercise

Welcome. This is a guest post from Scott. Scott blogs all over the place, but mostly at home.

Winter Home

While Jennifer is out living the life of chic business traveler, I’m stuck at home in this cold, wet, dark late winter season. I’m a marshmallow when it comes to the weather. Sure, I’ll put on the layers and go make a snow fort every now and again, but for the most part, I want warm weather. Exercising this time of year is a challenge. When its summertime, I can run or bike while watching the glorious countryside go by. Its rarely boring.

Yet, on my elliptical in the dark mornings or evenings, I get so bored looking at the wall. How do I mitigate this thoroughly unmotivating experience? This year, we’ve subscribed to Netflix. Netflix LogoNow, I’m not a TV guy. I’d much rather be reading or creating than watching most TV.

One rule I have for myself is if I am going to watch a LOT of TV, I must do it while I’m on the Elliptical or Treadmill. Its a great way for me to stay motivated.

Let’s bring it back to the Euro lifestyle in the U.S.

When Jen and I traveled to London a while back, one of the most striking differences between England and the U.S. was the television programs. I can’t even explain it. Its just different. For example, one afternoon in England, while taking afternon tea and resting, we watched live coverage of the Oxford – Cambridge Boatrace

Now, I don’t mean this to be a commercial for Netflix or the BBC. Neither have donated to our travel fund. (Although, if either wants to send us some $ love, let us know.)

While exercising, I have a watched a whole ton of BBC programming on netflix. Its so awesome to get some different types of shows than the U.S. centric items.  Not only that, One doesn’t have to wait for each week to see the next episode of a long storyline.

Now, if you don’t want to spend the money, most libraries these days offer some DVD and even Electronic Video rentals. Check your local library for details.

So, here are some BBC shows you might be interested in checking out:

Now, my exercising is not boring, and I get to live a more enlightened worldly life.

What about you? Do you have any Netflix Euro-centric shows we should watch while exercising?

Until next time, Au Revoir


  1. You are the best! On my way to laguardia now, back from a rousing time in Danbury, CT!! Next, stop San Antonio!!

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