I had a very interesting 4th of July weekend. And what a weekend it was. It was filled with some of my favorite things – baseball, barbeques and weddings. It all started off with having a few drinks with my wife watching the Yankees whoop on the New York Mets. Then I had a barbeque on Saturday, a wedding on Sunday, then another BBQ on Monday. So why am I telling you this?
Well one to take up some space, two to brag that I’m a social butterfly and three to let you know that a fat bastard like me actually participated. What do I mean by participation?
I mean that I actually had fun at all these events, I got involved. I danced with my wife at the wedding. I beat up my kids, nephews and nieces in the pool while they tried to drown me during my brother in laws barbeque. At the other barbeque, I played football and also played keep away in the pool against some tough high school football players. Side Note: Keep away with high school kids a very physical game. I was up late every night, but I still “played.” I had fun!
Two years ago I would never have done such things, I would of sat there eating and drinking until I fucken exploded. You can see a recent picture of me now on the About John page. You can see I’m a fat fuck. But a fit fat fuck. I have to credit my fitness to my muay thai training at The Phalanx in Toms River, New Jersey.
I’ve always had in my mind that since I am fat, I am therefore not good enough to enjoy things. Yes I am on the weight loss trail and I struggle with it. However, I learned that no matter what, I need to participate in things whether my speedo fit’s right or not.
Now let’s talk about the importance of exercise. We all know that exercise is important. But how much are we supposed to exercise? Here are recommendations from the government:
As Per the CDC Web Site(Ages 18 – 64) states:
For important health benefits they recommend: On a weekly basis you should get, 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic activity or, 75 minutes of vigorous activity or, you can mix and match the vigorus activity with the moderate aerobic activity. No matter what option you choose, you need to take 2 days a week for strength training.
They also have another tier for “Greater Health Benefits”. That includes: On a weekly basis you should get, 5 hours of aerobic activity or, 150 minutes of vigorous activity or, you can mix and match the vigor0us activity with the moderate aerobic activity. No matter what option you choose, you need to take 2 days a week for strength training.
If I kept up these recommendations I would be hungry, tired and hurting all the time. No mind you, I did try to do it this way for many years. The bottom line is I fail every time. Also I never have enough time. Now that I work out twice a week I am much less sore and my body heals for the next workout. I think the pay off is good.
Keep in mind I work out very hard and vigorously in kick boxing classed for 75 minutes a session twice a week. It’s the only way I can do it and I stick with it.
I’m not a doctor. So what I say doesn’t mean much. However, I’m getting the idea now that eating right is most important and my workout schedule is paying off.
Let’s see what happens……