When it comes to getting in shape, the best exercise is the one you do. We have all seen the amazing bodies on the commercials for ‘Drive yourself to near death workout’ videos, and we all wish we could have one. But have you actually spent a few days trying to stay with those guys? If so, how long did you last. A week? A month? 60 days?
We’ll bet good money that you never made it to the 90 day level. And then you feel guilty. Well don’t. You are not alone, we tried it and didn’t like it too. And so do a whole bunch of the people you see on the bus every day. They all tried and failed. So was it really a good workout to start with? Not for you or me it wasn’t.
One of the hardest things to do when it comes to staying in shape is to find out just what it is that you will enjoy doing enough that you will stick with it. And when you are trying to find that thing, to not keep giving up when you fail. Move on to the next thing. It’s a process and each attempt is not a failure, it’s just another step towards your goal of becoming a life long healthy person.
To be honest, you don’t have to find the one thing. Who says you do? Remember, when people are talking about something they are passionate about they tend to be all or nothing folk. They present their idea as if it is the only right way to do something. And this is true for almost all of them. It’s yoga, or aerobics, or running, or climbing. Or whatever. But really, why does it have to be any one of those things?
Perhaps designing the ultimate workout routine and the ultimate schedule is ideal, but we suspect not. Anything that keeps you active is a good thing, and it might be that a mix of different things is the best thing. At least that is what we have come to believe. That’s why we are going to be buying a new cruiser bicycle as soon as we can decide on exactly which one we want.
We have long thought that a bicycle was a very good way to get exercise, it can be as hard or as easy as you want on a given day, which isn’t something that you can say about a lot of exercise routines. It is also an enjoyable way to get outside and experience nature. That said, the days of riding along head down on a road racer are gone. Nowadays a part of the riding experience really has to be the ability to appreciate our surroundings when we are out on a ride. And you really have a hard time doing that with a road bikes configuration.
So one of these hybrids seems like it will fit the bill well. Allowing riding on a variety of the same terrains and more, with the option of taking a break and experiencing the outdoors at the same time as we improve our health.
What more could you ask?
There is a kind of wisdom in peace. Taking the time to really see around you, to take pleasure in the smallest of things. We truly believe that in peace and quiet contemplation you will find the basic components of health, both mental and physical.
How often have you heard someone talk about their state of physical health and mention their resting heart rate. A low heart rate is almost a hallmark of good health. Is it coincidental that a quiet heart is also one of the benefits of meditation? We think not. And meditation is also an underpinning of many health programs.
There is a connection between physical and mental health that is not much talked about. The best health will come with a combination of physical exercise, good eating habits, and daily meditation or some other form of quieting the mind.
We here are big believers in eating green (as it were). Of eating the types of foods that our ancestors might have been abe to scrounge. Not the ancestors that built the pyramids or Stonehenge. The ancestors that had to work hard every day to find what nature offered. This is not a vegetarian diet. Many of our ancestors hunted meat and existed on it during the times when the seasons, short as they were, left vegetation unavailable.
We also believe that while some training with heavy weight is important to build some minimum muscle mass, some form of cardiovascular exercise is critical as well, Both for heart health and for keeping long lean muscles, and working on that slow heart rate. For many people, this can involve running, but when the joints begin to fail a good hard workout on a bicycle will do the trick. It also has the advantage of being one of the few ways that a person can see big pieces of the world.
The last component is, for many of us, the hardest. Spending some time learning to quiet your mind can have benefits far beyond the aura of serenity that you project on the world. It is hard to explain just how much we think that travelling through life calmly can benefit every phase of your life. Almost by definition being able to control stress in your life will have huge benefits for longevity and health.
Be at peace. Contemplate the world. Live as one
We’re going to be retooling, so have a bit of patience. The passions in our lives are many and go far beyond the simple joy of appreciating old iron. We delight in the benefits that physical fitness offers, we enjoy creating beauty in many ways and many forms. We believe in moments of quiet contemplation and in times of wild abandon.
Our goal is to share this with the folk who deign to spend there time with us. To share our journey to enlightenment. No more will we focus entirely on physical things.
Don’t mistake – we are not some pie in the sky hippy types, thinking we can live on love and air and sunshine. We like physical things, what man creates has a beauty of its own. And if you believe all things come from the source, then stuff does too. We like stuff.
But we also believe there is true value in helping others. In lending a hand at a food shelf or a soup kitchen. Or stepping in to ump a little league game if someone gets stuck in traffic. In smiling at strangers. Helping old ladies cross the street.
There is beauty in all those things and more.