If you’ve been following my blog within the last two to three weeks, you may have seen how I’ve been posting a few challenges for fans of entertainment, as well as fitness and health. For movie fans, I created the Elite Movie challenge and the Commercial Break workout routine to go alongside it. For video game fans, there is the Elite Game challenge as well as the Pre-Game Lobby routine. For book fans, I just recently published my Elite Book challenge and to tie in with that, I know give to you the Hardback Epilogue workout routine for people who love to read…
Of the three thematic challenge sets, I think this one is the easiest to market as being beneficial to the participants both mentally and physically as reading is considered the most “healthy” between reading, playing, and watching. Of course, each medium as pros and cons but that’s another essay for another day. Today, let’s go over the Hardback Epilogue workout routine:
Once you finish a novel, do 5 pushups for every 50 pages of text that it had. That being said, some may be hesitant because of the many pushups they’d be assigning themselves. Simply put: do the pushups before you start on the next book, and break them up into manageable sections so you don’t hurt or overexert yourself.
- A 500 page book means 50 push-ups
- A 750 page book means 75 push-ups
- If a book falls in at 374 pages, you get to choose whether to round down to 350 or up to 400. Alternatively, just divide the pages by 10 and do 37-38 pushups. It all depends on how you feel that day and whether or not you have it in you to push yourself or take a breather. Nobody knows you better than you do
If you’re going to read a book in a series, run before you start the next book. Run 1 mile for each number that this book is in it’s series…
- The Fellowship of the Ring: 1 mile
- Two Towers: 2 miles
- Return of the King: 3 miles
- If you’re going through an extended series such as the series listed above with other books (Hobbit, Silmarillion, etc), you can count them by publishing year, by chronological order, or consider some of them stand-alone spinoff novels.
Of course, you can make additional challenges for yourself like you would with a drinking game. Perhaps you’d like to start reading more books from your shelf, so every time you stray from that goal, maybe run an extra half-mile or make up your own rules if you’d like to. Additionally, you can make new rules such as: rate the book out of 100, subtract your rating from 100, and do that many tricep dips (if you’d like to make sure you consistently read acclaimed books and punish yourself for horrible ones).
But maybe, you like reading short stories instead of reading long-form novels, like I do at times! Come up with some fun rules that get you out of the chair and into shape, like adding tricep dips, planking, pull-ups, and not eating sugar. Really, this is a completely customizable routine that should work for anybody with an interest in following it.
And each time you finish a book, I challenge you to write a review of it and post it online. You’ll most likely find people you agree with and be able to spark up some interesting conversations, discover new books to read, and meet a bunch of lovely people who will ridicule you for your thoughts because you didn’t like the new New York Times Bestseller.
One of my favorite rules to make is that every time a book says the word, say… “juice,” reward yourself with some stretching or yoga time. It’s just another fun thing to do that also keeps you invested in every word you’re reading.
If you have any comments or ideas, feel free to comment them below but as always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!