I wanted to do focus on Cross Training this month as one of my resolutions. Which was very successful. I rode my bike 3 times a week as opposed to running. Giving me knees a much-needed break. Fall is just around the corner and there is nothing better than a jog in the autumn air.
However, I also wanted to refocus on the core. I will admit that during the summer months, I don’t go to the gym. Too many outdoor activities to take in before Central New York turns back into a frozen tundra.
Late in July, I stumbled across a TedEX Talk by Ray Lewis..
He spoke passionately about how, when he was growing up, he would have to watch his mother be physically abused by his step father. “Her face would be so battered at bruised, that she would wear sunglasses in the house for days.”
Ray didn’t have the muscle to defend her so he took a deck of cards. He flipped the first one and it read “7”. He went down and did 7 push ups. Flipped the next card “6” , six push ups. Then so on and so forth.
When he would reach the end of the deck the would shuffle them up and start again. But this time he would do sit ups.
Now I don’t have an as compelling and heartwarming story as he does. But what I do have is a busy mind and a busier body.
So in August, in between my so to-do list each day, I played the card game. I would do them until I couldn’t do them anymore. or I run out of time. Some days my arms would not have the strength to push my body up one more time.
Day 1 push – ups : I started with 62 push ups. By 8/24 I had reached 164 in a day
Day 1 crunches: Started with 116 crunches. By 8/25 I had reached 420 in a day. (drawing 3 cards at a time)
At the end of the month I can differently feel it in my chest and abdominal muscles.
But the most important thing I am learning from the year all together is…I’m not 18 anymore and I will never look like that again. The “Dad Bod” is here to stay. But that doesn’t mean I need to let me conditioning and strength slide. Just the work that I do won’t have as many noticeable effects and I can live with that
Here’s a link to Ray’s TexEx Talk here. Truly a motivational story.