Wednesday, October 8, 2014

30 Minute Morning Walk

This is a series of daily practices that are very much in the vein of what I introduced as whole day fitness ...erm, a year ago. Welp! Better late than never?

Let's see what Marcus Martinez says about this morning walk:

30-45 minute walk (first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or before your last meal of the day)

And what did I say?

I already walk 30 minutes every other morning: it's 30 minutes door to door from home to work, and I work four days a week, check. I walk to the train, take two flights of stairs down, stand on the platform, train surf on the train, and take two flights of stairs up. It doesn't have to be more than that. On the other hand, it doesn't have to be less than that. It's good standing, walking, and climbing stairs, and if I do sit on the platform or the train, it's good sitting i.e., squatting. All with proper form! The reason you should do all these things with proper form is JUST BECAUSE. Because you should do things the way your body is designed to do them, the better for doing those things and the better for your body and the better to build on. And obviously I do all that, in reverse, from work to home, and I'm not even counting that, which is why I don't sweat it if sometimes I sit down.

Well you know, basically that. For me. It may be different for you. I mean, it'll probably be different. I just talk about myself because that's what I know, and also because I don't tell you what to do.

I have cottoned to this idea of first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, I guess mostly because that's how I already do; so, check. I am not an early riser and I have to be a certain level of awake to eat. And so, I've eaten breakfast at work for as long as ...I've worked, I think. So walking to the train to work very nicely happens on an empty stomach.

I'm toying with the idea of being strict about not letting myself sit on my morning commute, but I don't know yet. I'm fine standing on the platform, which is my favorite place to do one-foot balance work anyway. On the train though, sometimes you sit just to get out of the way of traffic flow. I'm pretty seriously against prioritizing training over train etiquette. But! People are nuts, if you ask me, about having a piece of something to hold onto on the train. I love to let them and stand right in the middle of the mosh pit and ride handsfree, casually reading my RedEye like it ain't no thang. I mean, I'm really good at it now. For now, I'm happy with mixing it up—if it's getting all Twister up in there, I take the space that nobody wants and train surf; if a seat opens up, I flow into it. I have another post brewing in my head about how few things I actually expect myself to do every day, life needs syncopation.