Posts Tagged ‘exercise’
I didn’t set a goal to be able to do a hundred pushups, but I managed to get there just from doing some every day and gradually increasing them. I’m sure there are people who would dispute how “true” or “proper” my pushups are but I think it’s pretty darn good. When I had to do some heavy lifting I was kind of excited to see if it was a lot easier. Of course, it’s not like I had a heavy object that I could compare lifting before and after doing the pushups so it still just felt heavy. Whatever, I’ll just take comfort in the thought that it’s *probably* easier for me to lift stuff now.
We go to the movie theater in the morning on the weekend. People come early to work out, but they don’t want to walk far to the place where they’re going to work out.
This morning I played a bunch of Dance Central 2 because I’m trying to get into something of an exercise routine. Plus trying to fight the whole love handles thing. But as I type this I’m fighting the sleep which seeks to claim my body, as soon as I finish typing this then the sleep gets what it wants.
I have missed a day or two but yesterday was the first where I was deliberately super lazy. The thing I have to keep reminding myself of is that for most of my resolution tasks, the actual task is super easy, but getting myself to start is the hard part. But really that’s not even that hard either. Basically I’m lazy is what I’m saying. Time to do those push-ups.
So far my resolution to do push ups and sit ups every day has been pretty darn successful in terms of consistency. I’m sure lots of guys shower immediately after strength training so they can see how big their muscles look before they go back to a more “normal” size after exercising.
Feeling better about how I look of course is one of many desirable outcomes of this, but also having more practical strength is even cooler. I remember the months after starting kung fu I would notice how much easier it was to climb stairs which was pretty awesome.
I haven’t been doing any kung fu practice in a while though which I’m disappointed in myself for slacking on. My hope is that the ab exercises will have helped by the next time I’m practicing again because seriously, you use abs for EVERYTHING.
The way I’m looking at it is that before the beginning of this year I didn’t do either exercises on anything close to a daily basis before, so any little bit every day is good. Not focusing too much on quantity even though I have gradually increased whenever I felt like I could push it a bit further.
I’ve been very busy working the past couple months which means I’ve used it as an excuse to not be doing any kung fu practice. This is the longest I’ve gone without any practicing in maybe five years. The thing is that if I finish work at the regular hours it’s usually chilly enough at night that I’m not going to practice outdoors which means I’d have to do it in the morning which for the moment I lack the discipline to do.
I’m going to institute the Jerry Seinfeld productivity tip of having a calendar that represents a task you want done every day, and X-ing off the day once you’ve done that task for the day. Once you see all the red X’s, you’re more likely to feel the pressure to not break the chain once you’ve got a good run going.
Imight just start with one thing, but ultimately I’d like to exercise regularly, practice doing editing and/or motion graphics and do some stand up comedy writing just about every day.
I’ve been very busy with work lately which means that I haven’t done any kung fu practice in ages. I’m really really the type of person who needs a regular scheduled to keep and the social pressure to attend class. I’m lucky that I have a good memory though because I can still remember the routines I would do in class in New York.
That said, I’ve long since past the point where when you try kicking and suddenly you seem super flexible, but it’s all an illusion because I know that the first time I exercise next time, two days later my legs are going to be super inflexible and it’ll be a miracle if I can kick past my waist. People would be impressed when I told them I went to kung fu practice three times a week. Seriously though, three times a week isn’t really much if you want to get really good.
Work is winding down a bit pretty soon, so I have to get off my ass and practice again!
One of the top three things in NYC I knew I’d miss was my kung fu school. I took classes three days a week for five years. When I first got here I managed to keep up with my practice around that pace (mostly because I wasn’t working). I’ve had work here and there since then and lately I’ve been quite busy. My legs have had a constant feeling of restlessness for a while now because I haven’t been exercising. My fear is that one day the restlessness will disappear because my body has finally adjusted to a more sedentary lifestyle.
In short, I need to get off my ass and exercise before I lose more of my kung fu!
I love my Nintendo DS, but the problem with portable gaming is that it’s just not meant for long gaming sessions. I tend to fidget and shift a lot on the futon when playing console games and I just shift every which way when playing my DS. There’s no position that is optimal for portable gaming.
Either I have it in my lap in which case my neck might strain unless I hold the system up which strains my arms. Then in bed it gets annoying leaning on my arms so I get on my back which strains my arms. Sometimes I hang my arms over the edge of my bed which works somewhat. Then there’s the desk position resting elbows on the desk which is okay but my desk chair isn’t the most comfortable seat given my options.
How do you sit while playing portable gaming systems?