Do you like to exercise? How about during a pandemic when going to the gym or classes is literally playing a high stakes game of risk? Insider information, I do not. Now, because I know myself and I know my weaknesses I have designed a plan to motivate me through the high intensity workouts and strength training exercises that I am doing at home.
After a workout, I always reward myself with a walk, or run, where I get to listen to an interesting audiobook. Surprisingly, that little reward is enough to get me moving in the morning and yes, I do NEED to exercise for my health. When the doctor has the “talk” about what the signs of a heart attack are and if I experience them that I need to get help asap, you know that I need to take notice. Not only that but I needed to change my entire lifestyle including the food I ate. Totally worth it but, honestly, I am a brat about exercising.
The caveat to this strategy, though, is that I can only listen to the book after the aforementioned HIT or ST workout and only while doing a cardio exercise. That takes a load of self-control because there are many times when I don’t want to stop the book but it also motivates me to get out there the next time. I have found that my desire to hear more of a story will get me moving, even when the weather is quite dismal (but oh how I love the sunny days!). Side note, having a mask on during chilly mornings is actually quite nice because no more cold nose/face 🥶.
I decided that I would share posts on books that I am currently listening to because maybe you are like me and the idea of exercising is not as exciting as, say, a trip to the book store, 😁. Anyhow, I tend to pick books that have been published for a while because I want an audiobook that has proven itself over time. Since the stories are a reward after I endure what I consider to be a tedious activity, though I will admit that I do like the side effects of the activity, I want to be entertained. With a solid 4.7 stars and over 86,190 ratings on Audible, this book is what I am currently listening to: We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor.
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.
Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he’ll be switched off, and they’ll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.
The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad – very mad.
Series: Bobiverse #1 | Genres: Science Fiction | Release Date: September 16, 2016 | Publisher: Audible Studios | Length: 9 hours, 56 minutes | ISBN: 978-1680680584 | ASIN: B01LWAESYQ | Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
I started this book today and, so far, it is quite entertaining. I like the dry wit and imagining what Bob is going through has my interest quite piqued. I am hopeful that it will continue to entertain me as I discover Bob’s longterm options and how he handles being uploaded and turned into an artificial intelligence being. Sounds fascinating to me and, in the meantime, I hope you are having a wonderfully bookish day.