If there’s one thing I’ve missed most since losing the use of my left hand, I think it’s my burpees. (I know, I’m weird. That’s by design. #thatslikeme! lol)
Tied for second: Showering (lol) and typing with more than one finger and a thumb! 🤓
As you may know by this stage, I’ve been doing 100+ burpees every day for years now. 10 sets of 11. Boom. Done. Repeat. It adds up! 40,000 a year, in fact.
Aside from the day after my injury and a couple days after surgery, I haven’t missed a day.
Granted, what qualifies as a “burpee” these days has radically changed but I’ve done my 1 + 10 + 100 + 1,000 + 10,000 sequence way too many times to just let it slip away.
Fact is, all of those little elements of my protocol are at LEAST as important psychologically as physically. (Actually, strike that. Although I get a ton of physical benefits from my consistent daily movement practices, those micro-protocol targets are WAY more important psychologically.)
So, the party has carried on with a super-modified step back, one-handed plank back up to a micro jump off the ground concoction that gets the job done to keep the streak alive.
For curious souls: My 1 sun salutation has taken its own transformation. My 10 pull-ups are now me hanging (with one hand) on the beam at my trail head and imagining myself doing 10 pull-ups. My 1,000 meters of rowing has morphed into celebrating my 1,000-second micradian breaks. My 10,000 steps? Aside from a couple of “Do NOTHING (!!!) but napitate and rest!” days that streak is alive and as well as ever.
But that’s not quite the point of Today’s +1.
Remember our chat about the fact that Robert Lustig calls exercise “the best deal in medicine”?
He told us: “Irrespective of weight, consistent exercise (even just fifteen minutes a day) is the single best way for people to improve their health. That’s 273 hours paid in for 3 years of life gained, or a 64,000 percent return on investment. The best deal of medicine.”
But let’s remember the fine print (as you recall my atrophied forearm!) and the fact that Lustig also tells us: “Studies demonstrate that all the levels of … the protein in muscle cells that turns on all the good muscle metabolic effects and tells the mitochondria to divide decline within a day of cessation of exercise, and insulin sensitivity returns to baseline within fifteen days. So, those of you weekend warriors who think you’re doing yourself some good—it may not be as good as you think. If you’re going to use exercise as your protection against chronic diseases, you’ll have to be consistent about it.”
One more time:
I’s ALL about consistency.
+1. +1. +1.
Here’s to doubling down on our core emotional stamina protocols ESPECIALLY when things get shattered! 😜