We decided on a new family rule that any new equipment aquisitions should be backed by a beeminder goal. So Faire just borrowed a guitar from her aunt & uncle, and she’s beeminding playing songs on it, and I just swapped my gym membership for some kettlebells, so I’m now starting some goals to beemind usage of them. So far I’ve created one to beemind number of swings.
I have lots of ideas for other things to beemind re kettlebells, or I may just have a “do the kettlebell workout” goal (share time: what’s your favorite kettlebell workout?). I think I like having one whole goal just for swings, though, because it’s a super simple and quick high intensity thing I can do daily. One of the reasons I wanted to get kettlebells was because I much prefer doing 100 swings with a really heavy kettlebell than, e.g., going for a short run. It’s an ideal high intensity burst for me.
I also want to propose a “beemind old equipment too, or get rid of it” rule, but I’m not quite sure about the mechanics of that one. Maybe after some reasonable period (e.g. my kettlebells cost equivalent to about 3 months of membership at my gym, so maybe I have to beemind daily usage until I’ve paid them off, so to speak?), you can decrease usage, but have to maintain some minimal usage. Once a year? (I’m looking at you, skis). Maybe that doesn’t make sense if you’re in a position where storage is cheap, though. We have no closets in our house, and limited garage space, so maybe the “beemind old equipment too” rule should be more like a one-in-one-out rule? I’m not sure.