Walk 5 miles @cabal_fang #WOD
Over at the PTDICE (c) website we now have a mailing list option if you want to be notified when products are in stock. You can also go check out the mockups and prototypes and whatnot, as well as find out how they work, what they’re for, and all that good stuff.
Bottom line: PTDICE put a million random workouts in the palm of your hand, and can be used to create a new workout in seconds.
AMRAYC in 8 mins of: 7 Goblet Squats 30# and 7 Full-stop Pushups @cabal_fang #WOD
I’m currently once again in a pitched battle with the demon STRESS. Over the years I have become very familiar with my old nemesis. Stress is the Moriarty to my Holmes, the Lex Luthor to my Superman, the Loki to my Thor. I chase him away or push him underground, perhaps force him to be my ally for a time*, but I never destroy him. To a certain extent he is a part of me, caused by me and given power by me, and to destroy him would be to destroy myself. But I have learned a few warning signs that he is plotting a Dormammu-like return and perfected a few tricks to get his evil genie back into the bottle.
Signs and Symptoms of Stress
I’m so used to stress that I don’t even notice it until I get physical symptoms like:
- Canker sores (fever blisters or aphthous ulcers)
- General malaise and lack of energy during workouts
- Teeth grinding
- Dry and gritty eyes
- Loss of mental focus
- Lack of creativity
- Inability to sleep and/or non-restful sleep
- Blood pressure spikes (dizziness on standing or stooping)
Methods of Fighting Stress (in no particular order)
- Contemplation, Meditation, and/or Prayer. Get yourself a good book on the subject and start your daily practice (just so happens I wrote a sturdy little booklet on the subject that’s available for your B&N Nook, for your iPad, or in universal formats here).
- Vitamin D. You may be deficient, especially in the winter when you aren’t getting outside as much. You can overdose on Vitamin D, so follow package directions and do not supplement long term. Recent studies show that taking tons of vitamins may actually be more harmful than beneficial.
- Eat healthy. Cut out the salt and processed foods, eat more green leafy veggies, and try eating liver once/week (not fried). Liver contains CoQ10 which lowers blood pressure and fights stress.
- Watch the caffeine. Studies show that up to 5 cups of coffee a day may be good for you. What studies don’t show is that 5 cups of coffee a day can allow you to push harder and stay awake longer than you should. Go get some sleep and you might feel better.
- Take your workouts down a notch. If you workout a lot like I do (four or more times per week) you may be over training. Everybody’s different of course, but when I get signs of stress I change one or two of my weekly workouts to a simple walk or hike. This keeps my metabolism up but also gives my body a chance to rebuild and recover. It also encourages me to…
- Go outside. Build a fire in your fire bowl or chiminea and warm your toes while sipping some chamomile tea. Fly a kite with your kids. Take your dog to the park. As ‘kumbaya’ as it may sound, it is now an accepted fact that exposure to the natural world is nothing short of a cure-all. Seriously, this is a big stress-fighter. Undervalue the outdoors to your detriment.
- Eliminate it at the source. As a martial artist I subscribe to the theory that it is impossible to fight more than one opponent at a time. If I’m attacked by three goons, I use position to make myself a less available target and then drop the smallest man first so that I’m fighting two instead of three. You are not Bruce Lee and this is not a movie. Stop dancing around and letting your stresses punish you. Identify your stresses and, starting with the lowest hanging fruit, begin getting rid of them altogether. *This is about the only time when stress is your friend: when fighting it forces you to actually fix what’s bothering you.
- Use your head. Most stresses are mental — expectations and opinions of others, goals you want to hit but haven’t, self-criticism, etc. Can you actually, physically, materially touch what’s bothering you with your right index finger? If you can’t, then it’s largely imaginary, probably isn’t as bad as you think you it is, and needs to be put into better perspective. If you can touch it — let’s say it’s a dripping faucet, a nasty friend, a cheating lover, a bottle of vodka, etc. – take action to fix it, replace it, or get it out of your life.
- Acknowledge the Head and Foot Paradox. Let’s say that when you’re stressed you bite your nails or call your toxic ex-boyfriend. If you can’t identify what’s stressing you out, start by stopping the nail biting. Put some red pepper sauce on your cuticles, take up knitting, chew gum, or what-have-you (or delete his contact info from your cell). Sometimes your head leads your feet, sometimes your feet lead your head. If you can’t change the direction your head is taking you, point your feet in another direction. Maybe your head will follow.
That’s all I got. Hope it helps. But whatever you do, do something before stress takes it’s toll.
Stress is no joke. If you are struggling with stress and nothing’s working, see your doctor. I’m not a doctor.
I got so much traffic whenever I blogged about my homemade workout dice that I’ve decided to pursue marketing them. As of right now we are still working with manufacturers to get the best pricing and service, formatting packing and instructions, etc. but we hope to be on the market soon.
You can check out the new PTDICE (c) website here.
More to come…
Stretching 30 mins, Meditation 20 mins @cabal_fang #WOD
Something has changed. Either I am outgrowing action movies and/or becoming a cranky Pat Hingle character, or modern action stars just don’t get it done.
Old school actors like Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, and James Coburn could emote. When I watched them in an action movie, I could feel their aggression radiating from the screen and, as a martial artist, I know that it’s aggression that wins fights. I’m sorry Vin, but I haven’t thought “This dude could whip the snot out of me” since Pitch Black. With a few exceptions, these ‘youngsters’ just ain’t gettin it done.
Let me clarify. I know that Randy Couture could kick my ass. But when I sit down and watch him play Toll Road, I don’t believe that he could. I’m not talking about intellectual decision making, but rather the actor’s ability to evoke in the viewer the feeling of, “Damn, this guy means business.” I believe that Vince Majestyk could drag me through a knot-hole and leave me dying in the mud. Hawkeye? Not so much. It’s about the actor’s ability to suspend my disbelief for ninety minutes.
Maybe it’s the directing. Tarentino or Scorsese could transform David Spade into the scariest tough guy on two legs. Liam Neeson got it done as Bryan Mills in the first Taken. Costner got it done in The Bodyguard. Bruce Willis in the first Red. Denzel. Gary Oldman.
Is there anybody in movies right now who could make you feel the way Clint Eastwood or Gene Hackman used to? Gene Hackman. Gene Hackman. That guy made you feel like he would crunch the marrow from your pathetic little bones and then go rock your girlfriend’s world with your scalp hanging next to him on the bedpost.
Hugh Jackman? Gimme a break.