BewarePosted: May 23, 2012
In the language of flowers, a Victorian-era way of communicating with flowers or floral arrangements, the rhododendron means beware, caution, danger. It is said the reasoning behind it has to do with the leaves of the plant which are poisonous.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.
~ Franz Liszt
Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
~ Jose Ortega y Gasset
(Let the buyer beware)
In the pursuit of optimizing those numbers we use to indicate good health, I decided to shake up my exercise routine with a new workout DVD which arrived in the mail on Monday. Late yesterday afternoon I gave it a try.
Have you heard of Tabata training? I hadn’t either. It’s a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT has become all the rage lately when it comes to torching calories in a short amount of time.
After reading several good reviews about it, I bought Breathless Body: The Ultimate Calorie Burn by/with Amy Dixon. The workout consists of eight exercise intervals or drills, in which you do high intensity cardio for twenty seconds followed by ten seconds of rest. You repeat this eight times during each exercise interval. (Confused yet?) There is a different exercise for each exercise series (jumping jacks for the first interval, side skating for the second, volley ball jump for the third, etc.), and you are given three levels to choose from. I wisely decided on Level 1, Beginner, since this was my first try at it.
I made it through the warm-up, all of the first three exercise intervals, and half way through the fourth interval at which time I decided I would die if I continued. Breathless Body will indeed leave you breathless. Sweating. And sore! I’m pretty sure just about every muscle in my body is distressed today. It was a good workout.
I was reminded, later in the evening, that if I want a good workout, we still have a couple of tons of dirt to move, and firewood that needs to be hauled up the big hill. I could, if I wanted, do a Biggest Loser style workout with the firewood by running down the hill and around the pond, grabbing one piece of wood, running back up the hill, and repeating until I can’t move another inch. All for free, and without shipping and handling fees.
It’s hard to argue with such reasoning.
Well, that’s it from the Bogs on this sunny Wednesday. Thank you for dropping by. If you’re working on optimizing your health numbers too, you’re welcome to join me in an outdoor workout. Or we could just go for a swim. That ought to burn a couple of calories.
- High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) (crystalswholehealth.wordpress.com)
- 5 Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) (einmotion.wordpress.com)