Every day I go walk at least once and most days I try to go for a walk in the morning and in the evening. This is really a part of the day that always brings me joy. While I walk I listen to podcasts on many topics. I get my body moving and my brain is fed delicious new information to ponder and integrate. During the rest of the day, the amount of time I spend sitting continues to surprise me, despite my efforts to sit less.
I listen to podcasts at 1.5x or 2x speed. Why? Because we can usually understand what someone is saying faster than they can say it. I listen to podcasts at maximum comprehensible speed.(If I cannot distinguish the words it’s too fast.) This is an example where a tiny habit change has profoundly better results over time. The length of time I listen to podcasts is not really affected by this, but I absorb 50% more content.
Boring story about how I started:
My habit of going for walks started when I became tired of doing homework or wanted to clear my head after studying. Not just walking, riding bike or jogging have also served the same purpose. I only recently started listening to podcasts when I noticed that I like walking but turned back because I became bored. I soon ran out of good content after I finished the archives of my initial subscriptions.
This habit is awesome. What else do YOU do to maintain your brain and body at the same time?
To happiness, and beyond!