Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Alex's Nightly After Dinner Neighborhood Walk



Song:  Comfortably Numb

Group:  Pink Floyd


Alex and I have started a nightly walking routine.

We just started out with a simple and relaxing walk.

Although it was only a mile and a half or so on this night...
in the future, we will increase the distance...
and we will then wear our rucksacks...
and then add an increasing amount of weight in them as time goes on
(not the day packs we use for short hikes...the ones which can carry well over 100 lbs).

There will be some substantial inclines to negotiate in the future as well.

When we get to the point of heavy rucksacks and hills to climb...
we will be huffing and puffing...
and sweating profusely.

There is simply no greater feeling then a really good workout before bed.

Alex will do his normal exercise routine before dinner...
then after a half hour rest after dinner...
we will go on our neighborhood walk.

He will then take a nice hot shower and enjoy some free time.

Not only will this greatly help with digestion...
 speed the transit of food along the whole digestive tract...
and burn calories during the walk
(and for a long time afterwards as the metabolic rate is sped up)...
 as the body will have greatly depleted much of its in muscle fuel...
and so, some of the fuel that was ingested, and is in the process of digestion...
will then go to the muscles to restock what was lost, and will to continue to burn
as fuel for the body's temperature increase as a result of the greatly increased metabolic rate.

This means that there will be less to be deposited as unnecessary body fat.

If enough exercise is done...
throughout the rest of the night...
body fat will be burned instead.

This is especially valuable
as a person's metabolic rate usually greatly drops when one sleeps...
and so, this is the time when body fat is easily deposited
(especially if a person eats near bedtime).

Also, when vigorous exercise is undertaken shortly before bedtime...
and a nice hot shower is then taken...
great relaxation throughout the body will lead to much deeper sleep.

This then leads to a sleep which is truly restorative...
and so, throughout the next day, the person feels energized...
and his mind is much sharper for the day's battle.



The lights of Western Reno
(The Casinos are more East).

This was the lowest elevation point of our walk.

Everything on this night was just so perfect.
There was the almost always present cooling breeze...
and the night, as always, was perfectly quiet.

This song just kept playing in my head as we walked.

It just fit the mood so well.
The night was so peaceful...
we were gliding along almost effortlessly with a cool breeze accompanying us...
it was just so perfect.



We started up an incline...


and a short time later...
we stopped and turned around
(there was much more to the hill :)

Each day we will extend the distance walked.
When we have traveled a great enough distance...
we will then add our rucksacks...
and then continue to add weight to them every few days.


We are headed back home
(although we have a ways to go from this point...
and the rest will be all uphill  :)





After we showered...
we then retired to the man cave and watched 'Rocky III'.


Alex enjoyed this movie also.

The main lessons I wanted Alex to learn from this movie:



1)  The danger of complacency.  

After Rocky had won the title (in 'Rocky II')...
he had lost his drive to win.

As a result...
the main antagonist (Clubber Lang)...
defeated Rocky so thoroughly that he was starting to give up on life
(running from fear).

When he got back 'The Eye of the Tiger'...
he went on to defeat, not only his opponent...
but his fear of fear.



2)  The value of the quantity of quality training.

Rocky realized that he had won his fight...
not only through his new perspective...
but through his daily training in the gym.

(Battles are won or lost...
not on the battle field...
but in the training halls).




3)  Examples of envy.

Rocky's brother in law was becoming envious of his fame.
He was doing nothing with his life (hedonistic lifestyle - daily drinking to excess)...
and he was trying to blame Rocky for not giving him more...
and saying that somehow Rocky had owed him.




4)  The value of bobbing and weaving and having a good jab  :)











2 comments:

  1. Ah, so I see he enjoyed the Rocky movies. Why did you skip II?

    Looks like you have such peaceful conditions for a nightly walk. It's not only good training for Alex, but I think it will help you to stay young and fit as well. :)

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  2. Although Alex enjoyed the Rocky movies, he watched them only because I wanted to see them with him. I think he pretended to enjoy them more than he really did. He is very considerate in this manner. So, I just had him watch, what I think are, the two best ones in the series.

    Alex enjoyed the walk. I hope he feels the same when we start wearing the rucks...and the weather turns cold. :)

    Yes, this nightly walk will get me in shape also, and I need it far more than he does. :)

    I want to give Alex a solid foundation in healthful activities...something he will keep up for the rest of his life. Once we really start to work hard with weighted rucks...and he fully adapts to it, I think he will really like the feeling of the daily endurance training.

    Alex and I love doing things together. He gets excited doing physical activities. He likes the feeling he gets after a good workout, and a hot shower.

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