Had no time lately for posts, with training big white dog to e-boundary of yard. Much more complicated setup than expected then instructions called for many short training sessions. Wanted her to be successful so can be out of kennel-run during day with no worry of wandering towards busy road or to neighbors as breed instincts tell her to search out their goats. Think she pretty much gets it now and I’m pleased to see her circling house as I work in office; hope her instincts can re-direct to protecting me and small dog.
Thought as doing morning jog uphill that want to encourage others in their efforts to start an aerobics workout and realize how valuable having two songs are to getting me successfully up the hill. Even if your aerobics workout has to be at a gym, I’m sure that if you use songs to get you through each 4-minute session of high-intensity, you will find being on a treadmill or a spinning bike more pleasant; followed by enjoyable 3-minutes walking for recovery.
Young people, of course, have music coming from phone to ears, so will feel they don’t need my songs, but I will encourage even them to have specific songs that they can use to motivate themselves to do the little push needed to get the aerobics benefit.
For young people, who won’t feel they have time to do the workout on a regular basis (studies show best is 4 segments of jog-4 min., then walk-3 min., so 28 minutes total), I encourage you to at least start and get a feel for it so that when you get older and realize need to be healthier, you will be able to look back and remember that it is possible to do.
I ran when it was popular in college days, pushed myself to do one 10-K race. My sister pushed herself harder and did San Francisco’s Bay-to-Breakers. We both stopped running when work and life got in the way, although I’ve always continued walking big dogs and hiking when possible. It helps now when trying to run again to remember I did this before and tell myself that even though it seems so hard, I know I can do it. (I feel now a tinier jog, gentle on the knees, like a walk except for knees going in round motion, is sufficient and better for joints.)
Back to topic — as I’ve said before, had originally started out the jog portions with Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, but then found out after going to grand-daughter’s school play and having her teach song to me on a hike that the “snail-mail” song is much better and amusing for the very slow jogging portions of workout.
Found the song on YouTube, love end of first verse, where says, “I put the ‘go’ in escargot”, but turns out grand-daughter taught me the 3rd verse (works very well), so I’ve pasted a link at end of this post for you to hear tune and tell you exactly where to find my verse.
As usual, I adapt songs as best fit my needs, so when doing the snail-paced jog up my hill, I like the words: I’m carrying a letter; a most important letter; a letter that was WRITTEN BY GOD. A bit sacrilegious, but I like feeling that God may have written a letter and I’m supposed to deliver it to someone (or maybe meant for me.) Similar to one of my favorite alternative religion theory books called Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch; seems no reason that it couldn’t be me carrying a letter.
While doing the 3-minute walk interval after each run part, I think about who today’s letter was for and what message I need to accept or deliver; makes time go by quickly.
Second stanza goes: I’m traveling so fast, I’m sure that your aghast, or at the very least you are agog. Put some laughter in your day by exaggerating your slowness — so long as legs are going in round motion, it counts for me, as I think that is part of body strengthening that will help with balance as we age.
Third stanza, I change a bit to say: I’m the snail in the mail, I will get there without fail, leaving a trail in the dust. Then comes especially good last part as I time it to crest a small hill, with: Delivering an envelope, as fast as any antelope, Onward and Upward I Thrust!
As cresting the hill, my second song comes into play with the fabulous words “Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul.” That song learned over 50 years ago in youth group at church. Now very appropriate for uplifting spirits when doing something so difficult as the aerobics workout. I love the start of first verse: Oh, what a wonderful, wonderful day…. Then second verse has: Oh, what a tender compassionate friend; perfect to put a smile on my face when picturing an especially beautiful loving friend. (Social support an important element of all Blue Zones.)
That was last week’s Letter from God to share with you. So enjoyable to have it to work on while doing the walk portions of Mon-Wed-Fri. Let me know if I’ve encouraged any of you to start (or even to keep going if started already) an aerobics workout.
For now, hear and learn the Snail-Mail song (my verse starts at 2:00, goes 30 seconds) from this: