Twelve Pax, took the Daily Red Pill (DRP) this morning and got better because for it.
The Pax: Squirrel, Josey, Napalm, Poacher, Scout, McFly, Jack Sparrow, Lego (Lexington SC), Dos Equis, Moneyball, Roadhouse and Felix (Honorable mentions; CPT D and Chitwood)
The Scene: What a morning to be out in the Gloom even if it was hot & steamy…and the weather was even worse!
- The 100
- 10 Xs & Os
- 20 WWII Situps
- 30 Freddy Mercury’s In cadence
- 40 Flutter kick In cadence
- 40 Side leg raises (ea side) In cadence
- 30 LBCs In Cadence
- 20 Heels To Heaven In cadence
- 10 Peter Parkers In cadence
- 30 Sec Low Plank
- 30 Sec High Plank
Aiken Legs – 4 Minute AMRAP
- 20 Squats
- 20 Lunges..10 each leg
- 20 Right Leg step Ups
- Left leg step down in cadence
- 20 Right Leg step Ups
- 20 Left Leg step Ups
- Right leg step down in cadence
- 20 Left Leg step Ups
- 20 Bulgarian Split Squats
Aiken Chest – 4 minute AMRAP
- Mucho Chesto (10 x Merkin / 10 x Wide Merkin / 10 x Ranger / 10 Stagger Merkin Left / 10 Stagger Merkin Right)
- Rest 1 minute
- Mini Chesto
Down to the Fire Department for some Bruce Lee.
- 30 WWII Situps
- 30 Freddy Mercury’s
- 30 Heel touches
- 30 LBCs
- 30 Reverse crunches
Back to the wall
Aiken Legs – 4 Minute AMRAP — Repeat as before
Aiken Chest 4 minute AMRAP — Repeat as before
- Jack Sparrow’s brother who is in the hospital with COVID
- McFly’s M (Brandy) grandparents who are battling Leukemia and dementia. Prayers for her mom too who is trying to tend them both through this difficult time
- Poacher’s M’s sister who is fighting breast/lung cancer and uncle(?) Chuck who has recently had a stroke that has left him in a real bad way. Also Poacher’s friend who has had the whole world gang up on him all at once – may he see that he has friends to surround him and be with him to provide a hand up out of the hole!
- Lego’s dad, who at 94 just broke his other leg.
- Finally, the man Scout ran into this morning emptying the trash cans for the city. Working two jobs, working off two hours of sleep….we pray that he finds rest and applaud him for his efforts to make ends meet. As Scout said, sometimes we think we have problems and then we run into someone like this who is busting their *ss getting it done. Makes our “hardships” seem insignificant.
Scout lead us out in prayer
MOLESKINE: You ain’t getting any younger sweetie….
Let’s face it, none of us have figured out how to reverse the aging process. After hours of exhaustive research, otherwise said 2 minutes on the Google box, here are two ways that are said to maintain our mental sharpness as we age. The idea for the BB comes from an article posted in the Art Of Manliness (link at end).
So, how do you do it? One is to maintain your physical fitness. Muscle loss is a significant driver in a crappy quality of life as you age. If you can’t pick heavy things off the floor (or get yourself off the floor), your ability to navigate life diminishes. And….so does your sense of purpose.
It’s not just about keeping your physical body fit, but also your mind. You can’t enjoy being physically fit if you’ve lost your marbles. Let me step in here and be very clear…there are some things we just can’t control – no matter what. Dementia, Alzheimer’s and things like this can happen to the most fit, most prepared and to date there’s no known cure or help (that I am aware of). We need to be sensitive to those within our communities that suffer from these dreadful diseases!
So, what do you do?
Engage in Face-Face conversations. Interacting with people, especially some of the Pax, is about the most complex activity we can do. It’s more complex than brain surgery or being a rocket scientist. Why? Think about the nuances and uncertainty as well as the skills that are involved in having a conversation.
- You have to listen
- Read emotions
- Give appropriate responses
- ….and check your inappropriate responses (Flying Tomato & Squirrel)
One of Tomato’s more memorable responses, “I can post a picture if you would like” or Squirrel’s faux pas
Both of which get the Poacher signal….
Conversation engages your sense of curiosity and allows you to learn new things.
The second thing is to navigate complex physical environments. Another way to put this is “Do Hard Things Together”. Doing simple things like walking on uneven ground, crawling under a low hanging rock, balancing on a wall beside the sidewalk or doing 100 calf raises. To keep your balance your brain has to send signals to your body making lightning-fast modifications to your physical location so you don’t fall on your face. It’s funny when we fall on our faces…but not old people.
As YHC parents have gotten older, they have silo’d themselves off from complex environments. They only traverse flat, even surfaces. They have removed the throw rugs, installed grab bars at transition points, etc. Some of that is being smart and much of it is based out of fear. When you stop doing challenging things the body and brain start to deteriorate fast. Not too different than running. Unless your Waldorf or BowTie, if you stop running for 4 weeks and then try to do 4-5 miles it’s gonna hurt!! Seeing my parents…mainly my dad, disengage from society I have seen his decline through his loss of purpose.
We all need a sense of purpose. No, we all HAVE a purpose, sometimes we don’t grab on to it or modify it as we age. Many of us see folks who are “retired” around here in which every day is Saturday. That may be fun for a period, and once the new wears off you look around and see you’ve distanced yourself from your friends, neighbors, community. It’s harder to plug back in.
Let’s keep doing hard things together! I look forward to growing older with you chuckle-heads. I believe we have something special here, something we may have bumbled into that will keep us engaged, physically and mentally fit as well.