Peeking out the window, no signs of my package.
Where is that package which
the tracking says “out for delivery” since morning?
Gifting is supposed to be fun.
But not to me.
Certainly not the way it feels now.
Such a torture.
As much as I hate to admit, getting older does take a toll on my body. Besides training methods, nutrition has become an indispensable part of maintaining or improving my running performance.
Here are the main concerns of aging and recommendations on eating to age gracefully (Source: 6 Nutrition Obstacles Senior Athletes Need to Overcome | MyFitnessPal).
How do you counter the effect from aging?
We have made it to December. This is after Thanksgiving, Black Friday & Cyber Monday, etc. If this sounds a bit frantic, it was. Nevertheless, we have made it. In the years past, I would have completed my Fall Marathon and be recovering during this period, coasting along.
This year my Erie Marathon was in early September. Which gave me lot more time to get back on my feet and to reflect on things before the year vanishes. This extra time/ space allowed me to slow down and appreciate the finer details of my life.
Be it my emotions on joy-sadness, fear-anger, or my other attributes, it’s an adventure in self discovery that had been overlooked in haste. And from doing so I am able to incorporate the high intensity interval training, to extend my fitness post marathon.
Last but certainly not the least, former president George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday at an age of 94. His dedication to public services and leadership offer a shining example that will be sorely missed.
Have a nice week.
Stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is the secret to fitness training, and how a 101 year old set a world record for centenarian cyclist distance (in an hour). According to the AARP, HIIT is one of the most important fitness approaches that may reverse the effect of aging.
In running terms, it’s tempo intervals – running at an aerobic pace that is slightly faster than lactate threshold, followed by slower pace breaks, or recovery intervals between the fast repeats, at quarter of the repeat length (e.g. 2 minutes tempo and 30 seconds recovery).
Of course, HIIT is applicable to any aerobic exercises including walking, biking, weight lifting and even yoga. As long as the exercise includes high intensity and intervals, the same approach can be easily incorporated. Important note: keep the breaks short so to achieve the training effect.
Want to give HIIT a try?
Fear and anger are our twin emotions much like uninvited guests, often overstay their welcome.
Fear anticipates what negative will happen, and anger dwells on what negative did happen. Their common root is that present moment gets sacrificed. Which is unfortunate because present moment is what matters.
Not saying fear or anger has no place in our life. Both are perfectly normal for human beings. In certain scenarios, fear keeps us alive, and anger motivates us to improve. However, when in excess, these emotions crowd out the present and become unproductive.
Examples of excessive fear or anger abound. Paralyzed by fear, people would not ride the airplane, sleep in the dark, or [fill in the blank]. Similarly, anger management is way too common a cause for confrontation and violence. People’s behaviors get dominated by their imaginations.
Why surrender your free will to fear or anger?
With Thanksgiving leftovers freshly consumed, time to pick up where my heart work left off. Why? Because the holiday season is laden with emotions and a good opportunity to explore what our heart is really feeling.
Holidays are emotional – more major the holidays, more hyped the emotions. Like colorful pallets, our hearts are mixed with all kinds of emotions. Joy & sadness stand out in particular. Joy for those who are present, and sadness for those are no longer with us.
But these emotions are really two sides of the same coin. I feel happy (in the presence of xyz) or sad (in the absence of xyz). These feelings are results of what Buddhists called “attachments.” Meaning I grew attached to people, things, or places.
Even though nothing in our world lasts forever, we are emotionally shackled to our attachments. The Disney movie “Coco” which is available on Netflix illustrates this point wonderfully.
How do you want to be remembered?