Monday, August 20, 2012

I Just Want To Be Alive

Incidentally, I had an epiphany about recovery workouts, a couple Sundays ago, when I finally had an actual Sunday at home to tidy the front room. I've been meaning to weed out my books for, you know, two or three years, and blah blah kind of the notion of assigning rooms to days of the week is that this is the day to do whatever needs doing in this room, because part of the reason that the books haven't been getting done has been the screaming panic that I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS, THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT I HAVE TO BE DOING, which is how my living room looks like the set for Sanford and Son. So I can say to myself, calm down. This is the day, look at the chart. So Sunday I started on the books. I was bending over and lifting boxes of books, and my back started to hurt. And I thought to myself, you know a better movement for bend and lift than this! I basically want to build my training practice around the five basic movements: squat, lunge, push, pull, and rotate. And squat, in other words, is bend and lift. And by the way lunge in other words is single leg movement, also known as walk and climb stairs. There will be lots more about this later. Anyway, amazingly, duh, it's way easier to lift a box of books if you hinge your hips, engage your abs, bend your knees, and lift with your legs. And you know what, an hour, two hours of greasing the groove through proper bend and lift movements, that's your recovery workout right there. I mean, right? Recovery workouts are pretty much exactly this, going through the motions without breaking a sweat.

And I cleaned a lot of psychic junk off my bookshelves, I'm just not going to learn oil painting ever. And now all of my dumbbells have been rescued from under the pantry shelves where all they were doing was gathering gross amounts of dust and attracting ants. Flock of birds, stone, check.

I need to say that less. It's so hostile. Poor birds.

I could say ants. I am in a war with ants. Ants, though, so hardworking.