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To school, I wore a shiny red sweat suit with white stripes running down the arms and legs. Back in the day, it was the raging style. In that boisterous outfit when the lunch bell rang, I darted off to the gym, where I would bust some “fresh” break dance moves.
I could robot well, I could crab crawl, and I could even do front flips. But there was one move that I could never master. It was called the windmill. The break dancers of today still twirl it out because it’s a lovely move. The legs scissor overhead, then they swing down, and when the movement is perfect, they are shifted towards heaven so that the downward motion is transformed into a surging magical levitation, the torso pops a rotation and the cycle repeats. The magical surging levitation was the crucial part of the Windmill that I could never get right. Instead of gracefully swinging overhead, rolling down, then floating up, my knees would just bang on the hardwood floor.
Maybe it was the memory of the thrill of learning to ride a unicycle at age 35 or maybe it was the retro bubble letters I saw on a Web page, but
I had this desperate urge to conquer the dang Windmill.
First stop: YouTube. Break-dance instruction video, check. Makeshift amazon cardboard dance floor on the living room carpet: check. Silly 80s break-dance music: Doug E. Fresh on Spotify: check. Determination to succeed: double-check.
Maybe my mind had never stopped working the mystical timing problem with the windmill break-dance move. But something had changed. The decades of accumulated wisdom all kicked into action, for as soon as I attempted the move, success embraced me with her loving arms and my legs whipped around at just the right time without banging the ground and I, Mister Middle Aged Barefoot Runner, was doing the windmill like a feral teenager full of joy and hope! It was like that day my parents picked us from the last day of school and took us to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and my dad made us yellow painted skim-boards in the shape of rockets and we slide on top of the thin sheet of cool ocean water at high speeds and flipped into the oncoming foamy waves and the sun was out and everyone was happy and it all smelled like sweet Mr. Zoggs coconut surf wax. That thrill filled me as I busted out some delicious break-dance in my living room. Suddenly I was remembering moves I thought time had eaten; I was doing the bronco, back-spins, snap-twists, and of course, the freaking windmill. Someone should have filmed it; it was so beautiful and I was sweaty and barefoot at the end, but there was a smile tattooed on my face the rest of night and I slept well and dreamed of apples.
The next day, my triumphant re-entry into the fabulous world of 80s break dance turned into a dull pain on my side an inch or so from my heart. It got worse as the day rolled on. The following day, I suspected a cracked or bruised a rib or maybe the popping of delicate internal organs; deep breathing hurt as did moving my torso in any direction, but I didn’t care. I conquered the dang Windmill and it was worth it.
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Not in Sandy, Oregon, the deadly summer sun is shooting its heat rays again. Do you know the signs of de-hydration? The heat claims the lives of many spry athletes every year. A person can train for cold or train for elevation, but no one can train for fluid loss–fluids must be replaced. Here is a link to my 5 Deadly signs of Heat Exhaustion. If you don’t know the signs of heat exhaustion, I urge you to read it. It could save your life.Thank goodness drinking water or juices isn’t the only way the way to replenish fluids.I addition to drinking water, eating wet foods alleviates fatigue, headaches and muscle aches brought on by dehydration. Here are some excellent re-hydration foods.Fruits
Cucumbers (97% H20)
Zucchini (95% water)
Eggplant (92% water)
Weird Bonus Food you Probably didn’t cosider:
Warm Soup. Any watery broth based soup is good–clam chowder would not be so good.
I’m writing a post about electrolyte imbalance/post run nasties. I suffered from a mild case after a 9 mile run a few weeks ago. I was NOT dehydrated. I had plenty of water. I lost something else. Luckily, I discovered an easy fix.
It’s been over a year since I tossed my Nike’s in the trash. Since then I have been running either in thin Tarhumara sandals or straight barefoot.
Last summer was a disaster. I didn’t run much because I battled lower leg injuries: Achilles tendinitis, a torn calf, and wicked bruises on the ball of my foot. All of the injuries resulted from over striding and doing too much too soon.
Now that I have overcome the difficulties I am having the summer I was hoping to have last summer. I’m back up to my previous mileage. And I’m loving my runs.
Here are three miraculous benefits I enjoy from running without shoes:
I have run 9 miles in the heat without ANY blisters on my feet. I challenge any shod runner to five miles without blisters. I am astonished after each run. On occasion I will get a tiny blister on my toe or near the ball of my foot, but they’re nothing like the heel blisters I used to get in shoes.
No lower back pain.
I took a break from running because my lower back was killing me. After each run, it would ache for days. Barefoot running has eliminated the pain. For my longer runs, I may feel a slight twinge of pain during the run, but it vanishes hours later. Barefoot running automatically improves posture while leading to lower impact forces. The bouncy cushioning of shoes blinds the foot from the terrain. As a result, the runner tends to either heel strike or hit the ground harder than he or she would in bare feet. If you want to see a fluid PERFECT barefoot stride, watch any barefoot toddler run this summer. Barefoot children run with excellent form. And they DO NOT heel strike on the concrete or the lawn.
Super Spiked Runner’s High.
Maybe it’s childlike stride or perhaps it’s the steady pounding rhythm of my feet that releases the delicious sensation of flight, the wild insights, and the glorious communion the sexy universe. She kisses my arms face and neck with her cool breezes, she fills my eager lungs with the fresh essence of air and the scent of wet cedars; she delights me with the squish of soft earth, twisting a gentle tickle through my toes. Three miles completely barefoot in the woods is almost like smoking a joint–not that I would know what smoking a joint feels like
Couch potatoes lose a prime time opportunity to burn fat and calories when they gawk at small screen shows such as True Blood, Game of Thrones, and Glee. But the boob tube doesn’t have to be a complete time waster. With some creativity, anyone can transform the electronic beast into a spectacular private personal trainer. It’s easy to lose weight watching your favorite shows.
Here are five ways to get fit and healthy watching television!
Pervert Drinking Games
This idea came to me one dreary winter. I was watching an old episode of SNL with a skit about drinking games. It got me to thinking, why not exercise instead of drink? I decided to replace shots of tequila with healthy push-ups. That got boring, so added other, favorite calisthenic exercises to the mix. Glee is a terrific show for this game. Here are some excellent exercises I use to replace the booze.
Mountain Climbers, Plank Jacks
Old School Push-Ups, Walking Push-Ups, Crow Push-Ups
Sit-Ups, Ab Raises, Leg Lifts
Punch in Place, Jog Punch in Place
Watch Workout Videos such as Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.
Yes, that is a totally cheap one. These workouts are awesome. I do the 30 Day Shred on my “off” days. Jillian offers easy and hard options for each workout. She keeps it interesting by mixing up the intervals, giving 3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio, and 1 minute abs. The hard workouts kick my butt. Even Level 2 and 3 in easy mode are challenging. I love these workouts and have been doing them faithfully for over a year.They’re only twenty minutes and they deliver a great burn! Jillian’s program leads to a well sculpted body that both of you will love. I have done them so much, that I create a routine on the fly in a hotel room.
Exercise during commercial/ act breaks.
OK that was another cheap one. But it works. Since most TV series have 3 acts, there are 3 opportunities to workout during a show. I simply exercised during the commercial breaks. I had to get a little creative when we got a DVR. but not really, I simply exercised before I hit fast forward.
Play Trashketball (Yes mister snooty linguist I am aware that the proper usage should be trash-ball, but no one is addicted to chocohol either. Trashketball sounds better.) I put a trash container at the other end of the room. I crinkle up some paper. Then I toss the paper at the container or at my wife when I really want to get a workout. I stand up and walk when I miss a trashket. One time, I made 7 trashkets in a row; so, I just shut my eyes before each throw. Trashetball gets me through the dark cold winter nights, which is why I’m posting it in the summer.
Pay per view / Exercise Toll
Sometimes I charge myself an exercise toll for each show. For example, 20 sit-ups and ten push-ups for Game of Thrones. I pay the toll before watching, then again after the show is finished. Now that we have stairs. I’ll walk the distance up and down them three times before and after 30 minute shows.
I don’t use these tricks to replace a real workouts (except #2). I use them to burn some extra calories and to remind myself to stay healthy and fit.
Hello, world. This site is now owned by Valen Arts, LLC. Same great content, same wierdo blogger, but a huge shift in legal status.
We hooked up with LinkShare, which means our site will feature contextual links. I don’t control these links, LinkShare does. Any link with an underscore is a contextual link. The rest are links I’ve personally placed in posts. I hate contextual links, but the owner of Valen Arts, LLC loves them; so, I gotta put up with them for now. If you don’t like them, do let me know. Perhaps, we can convince the owner to omit them.
May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you live with ease.