Category Archives: Fitness

Old athletes keep me young

on November 20, 2019 in Fitness

I’ve rowed enough on my erg to get decent times on the standard measure for rowing—the 2k. My best time is 7:43, which I consider good for lightweight 48-year-old guy. I’m considering competing the U.S. indoor rowing competition—not to win, but for the experience, figuring I might do okay. I looked up how lightweight men’s performances last year. My category: lightweight men 40-49 years In my category, I would have[…] Keep reading →

Exhaustion glory

on October 4, 2019 in Fitness, SIDCHAs

The other day, just walking down the street I felt super tired, like I got hit by a truck. Then I remembered that I lifted that morning and I had lifted more than ever before in my life. No wonder I felt exhausted. I had noticed I was lifting more than before that morning, but it slipped my mind when I went out for the day. I don’t lift heavy[…] Keep reading →

U.S. Obesity Rates Reach Historic Highs

on September 27, 2019 in Fitness, Nonjudgment

An organization called Trust for America’s Health released its latest obesity report. I don’t think many would call it good news. This graph caught my eye. We’re more obese than ever. The report said a lot more so I recommend reading more. It proposes remedies, but people have proposed remedies for decades and the trend continues. A quote from the report: “As recently as 2012, no state had an adult[…] Keep reading →

Protection from depression

on September 14, 2019 in Fitness, Freedom, Habits, SIDCHAs

I don’t know how long it takes time for depression to take root — that is, for someone feeling fine to feeling depressed. A quick web search didn’t show anything and I’m sure it differs from person to person. I imagine it rarely happens overnight. The reason I thought about it was a conversation with a friend about sidchas and my twice-daily burpee-based calisthenics. As he put it, motion creates[…] Keep reading →

Cold Showers Rock

on August 22, 2019 in Awareness, Exercises, Fitness, Freedom, Habits, SIDCHAs

I write a lot about cold showers. They may sound crazy, but bear with me and you may find them more helpful than you could have imagined. After taking a few in Shanghai because the water took five minutes to warm up that I couldn’t stand wasting, in December of 2013, I took thirty days of cold showers. I can’t tell you how much the discipline, dedication, and so on[…] Keep reading →

Where to buy the best food around New York City

on July 21, 2019 in Fitness, Nature

Anyone who eats food I cook hears me unable to contain how much I love it. I probably eat to more satisfaction than anyone I know. I feel full, even stuffed, after every meal, yet I eat fewer calories. My food tastes sweeter than ever, yet I eat less sugar. I pay less than ever for my food. The source? My three CSAs and my food coop. They are the[…] Keep reading →

Reflections on 48 years

on July 20, 2019 in Fitness

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, the 75th anniversary of the closest to successful attempt to assassinate Hitler, and the 48th anniversary of me. As my mom likes to remind me: 9 pounds 8 ounces in sweltering summer heat. At near the halfway point, some reflections. I don’t feel older Five or ten years ago I found the quote “Inside every old person is a young[…] Keep reading →

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