Welcome to the just before Christmas version of 5-Shot Friday; may we all have a peaceful and healthy wrap up to 2017.
1. Everything Good About Christmas, I Learned From…
Here’s the 2 minute 11 second version that anyone who grew up watching CBS during the holidays will recognize, even with eyes closed.
The full episode from 1965 is here.
I’m working through an injury, and have thusly been thinking a lot about aging, using it or losing it, and prehabbing for the next round (I WILL get back into grappling). I was steadily getting stronger without difficulty, doing Olympic lifts for strength and HIIT and kickboxing for conditioning, but day 2 back on the jiu-jitsu mat and ping went the left knee. While I’d taken it easy during the class, clearly doing Olympic lifts for strength and HIIT and kickboxing for conditioning are not the same as jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu is prep for jiu-jitsu.
You may not be aiming at grappling proficiency, but make no mistake: if you aren’t aiming at something, your body will deteriorate with time, and may well not be there for you when you suddenly put demands upon it. Sitting and typing are no preparation for the zombie apocalypse.
The good folks over at Gold Medal Bodies (GMB) have a variety of bodyweight, gymnastics-based programs that are decent place to start if you’re not prepping for an endeavor. Their recent Top 10 list will remind you of all the various ways your body used to move, with progressions starting from basic to superhero.
If you’ve ever kept a journal, re-read it, and wondered at why your entries were so repetitive, this one is for you.
It’s hard to say too many good things about meditation, mostly because no matter what flavor you do, it’s nearly always the antidote for the firehose of data and demands that is the batbug craziness of modern life.
For more in this vein, check out Dan Harris’ surprisingly insightful book on meditation from a crazy busy journalist and skeptic, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book. Even a bit calmer is significant.
5. Top 2 Tweets Of The Week
Nobody wants to hear it, but changing your diet will do more to change your physique than almost anything else out there. And you probably have no idea what your diet *really* looks like unless you’ve tracked it for at least 2 weeks. Anyone have a favorite tracking app or method?
— GMB Fitness (@gmbfit) December 20, 2017
Show up and do the work. Sounds basic, but being able to just show up is the hardest step for most people out there. Do that and you’re already ahead of the pack.
— GMB Fitness (@gmbfit) December 21, 2017
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