Here's the Link: http://blog.machida.us/2012/08/is-riding-unhealthy.html
After the driving restriction from my heart problems was lifted, my goal for getting to and from work was to ride Max, walk or take the famous Canadian Subaru (Monty) in roughly equal proportions. Lately though I have been failing miserably at attaining that goal. I was riding Max too much. (Is that even possible?) For the last 3 weeks I had ridden the scooter almost every day. The walking hadn't been entirely abandoned because I walk the dogs frequently. It was poor Monty (the famous Canadian Subaru) that was being ignored.
So today I took out on foot to maybe achieve "A Perfect Balance". To hell with the car, I wanted to walk.
|East Central Avenue in the early morning. Not too much traffic yet on a Friday.|
I track my exercise with a phone App called Endomondo. It uses the GPS device in the phone to compute distances, calories used and all sorts of not very useful information. But it's fun and it shows that I have walked almost 500 miles in the last year or so. Not spectacular, but not bad. I have to admit I feel better for it. When I walk, I think. It helps clear out the cobwebs in my mind. Today as I walked, I was thinking about Richard's post. I was considering the balance in my life. Almost a Zen feeling. It was a beautiful morning, not quite as hot today. As I walked along, I crossed over a creek with not much water in it.
|This creek never has a lot of water in it, but it's damn near dry right now.|
Walking is an excellent form of exercise. Here's a pic of the dogs on a recent evening walk. After dinner and a short nap, they are always ready to go and see what has happened in the neighborhood. My wife and I alternate nights to walk them, but we do it almost every evening.It's good for them, too.
|Madeline (in front) is 16 yrs old. Sophie is 3.|
|The dogs tried to be in charge of the route, but seemed more interested in chasing small creatures.|
Now some people are interested in extreme sports. I own a Subaru and a motorcycle (scooter). The next picture has a Subaru and a motorcycle, could it be me? Naaah. A little too extreme for me, not quite "A Perfect Balance".
|Taken from UK's "Top Gear" website|
|My daughter looking pretty fierce just after our ride. She's a helluva rider and was my guide for the evening.|
Some of the gullies that had very unsettling bottoms to them. At times the path was just wide enough for your handlebars, not to mention ruts from the parched earth.
Will I do the course again? Probably, but I think I prefer just a nice smooth bike path. Maybe something a little less extreme, but it was fun and I hadn't done anything like that since I was a kid. I never fell that evening, but I admit to stopping and walking the bike through a few really deep and scary gullies.
|A little blood was the result, but it was a lot tamer than it looked. You see, taking heart medications, including a coagulant, makes it a little harder to stop bleeding. This was just from brushing up against a tree branch.|
|Just like from "A Field of Dreams", having a dog and a beer at the ball park.|
When I was in college, as an elective, I took a course in nutrition. Thought it would be easy, it wasn't. Thought it might be boring, it wasn't. The professor was really good and I learned a lot. One thing I always remember is that she used to say that your body has a tendency to know what it needs for you. It will make you hungry for things that it needs. Now some nutrients, like most sugars, in excess can be very bad for you. But in moderation, all things can be good.
As I walked this morning I went by this fast food restaurant, popular in this area. They have nice greasy hamburgers, shakes and fries. But they also have fairly healthy turkey on pita sandwiches. I bet they serve more burgers, but at least they maybe try to achieve "A Perfect Balance".
|Fast greasy food here with a balance of some healthy options.|
|A place to avoid if you can, but pretty fantastic people there if you really need them.|
Maybe the best way to achieve "A Perfect Blance" is to spend time with your loved ones.
|At the ball park with my wonderful wife. We tested out a few beers that night. Everything in moderation.|
Ride On and Carpe Diem, my friends.