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post #11 of 13 Old 11-13-2019, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Snail-Mail Song Essential for Aerobics


Harder to get outside as days get colder and grayer, even light drizzle. Wool socks now and coat with hood. Only the Snail-Mail song gets me through each snail-paced 4-minute aerobic jog portion.

Reading newest book — LIFESPAN: WHY WE AGE AND WHY WE DON’T HAVE TO — and find it stating at end of its first section called The Past, that science and Blue Zones show clearly that Intermittent Fasting and High-Intensity Interval Training are found to work for healthier longer lifespan. Says the author incorporates into his life, also.

Will try to encourage more people to do. Snail-Mail song essential in getting me to stick with aerobics three times a week, so luckily, my sister asked me to post link with song again, as by now a year has past.

Sister is the one most important for me to encourage towards aerobics — as I expect someday when old ladies we’ll be living together and taking care of each other (and driving each other crazy with writings to review) — so I’m very happy to re-post the YouTube link so others can learn song’s tune and can recognize when hearing 3rd verse, starting at 1:55, that this is the only piece of it I actually sing (see my word changes below), slowly, stretching that 30-second piece to a minute, over and over. Try it. See if it helps with discipline.

My commitment is that once timer set and song started, my legs MUST go in the round jog motion until timer goes off — no matter how slow, it must be a jog motion, as that is what by body rebels against. Usually 4 complete renditions of the specified verse fills the 4 minutes.

If I reach my target area before timer goes off, which happens more often lately, I’m very pleased with myself and start on it a 5th time. Since I jog a gentle up and down area, gradually going higher, I make my goal to finish each 4-minute portion at crest of a small hill.

When timer sounds, I hit reset (twice on my timer) to restart it and walk 4-minutes until it goes off again (hit twice to restart) then start jogging and repeat until all 8 portions are completed. Therefore, total with walk sections is 32 minutes. Why so hard mentally!

RULES about the jog interval and song:
—Timer set for 4-minutes
(Mine clips onto visor, was 99c at WalMart)
—Song sung very slowly, just keep going.
—I repeat that 3rd verse (4 stanzas) over and over until timer beeps.
—As long as singing, my legs MUST be moving in tiny jog motion.

HERE ARE WORDS (with my adaptations)
—I’m carrying a Letter,
a most important Letter,
a Letter that was Written by God.

(If difficult day, I may use this as first stanza:
—I’m carrying a Problem,
a very heavy Problem,
a Problem I am giving to God.
Sing that only once, must trust you’ve given problem away!)

—I’m traveling so fast,
I’m sure that you’re aghast
or at the very least you are agog.
(Laugh at self and pick up pace!)

—I’m the snail in the mail,
I will get there without fail,
leaving a trail in the dust.

—Delivering an envelope,
as fast as any antelope,
onward & upward I thrust.

As I’ve said to my sister, I’m literally “running for my life”, trying to keep away from cancers and dementia as aging. Only time will tell if successful.
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40-Year Experiment Requires Commitment

Only three times a week, but feels like aerobics come around so often! Must be done or I’m failing my defined experiment: Yoga daily, balance and core-strength twice weekly, aerobics thrice weekly, same healthy breakfast every day about 11, try to always put greens and vegetables with dinner about 5p, Dr. Mosley’s-type fasting once a week, now added David Sinclair’s daily NMN, Resveratrol and Metformin, which seems to be rolling back the clock a bit on energy, will get 3-month blood tests next week.

Stop procrastinating — I pull on boots, gloves, heavy coat, visor with timer, fanny pack with phone and dog leash – head out the door. Was late getting out, so cold. Good idea to delay to see if bit warmer when hour later?

Snow makes trail slippery. Snail-mail song keeps feet slowly turning to rhythm while head fills with other thoughts. Towards end when cutting across top of hill on trail, the big white dog has learned to come and allow me to lean on broad back so as to keep from sliding down steep areas. Calmness another valuable trait of breed. Had heard makes good therapy dog, but next time will stick to road when going back. Falls too dangerous.
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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’….. and JOGGING
Schedule disrupted when on road to parents’ home in CA, but loved the warmer weather once there (70 degrees!), so did yoga then headed out for aerobics. Neighborhood seems very safe, but — since hearing of homeless moved to CA for winter, with one even found wandering about parents’ property — I carried bear spray in hand with safety off and practiced at eye level on bushes when going through wooded solitary area.

Nicer was noticing that saying hello to those out walking made me feel happy. I think oxytocin must be released similar to when having hugs simply by sharing a smile and good feeling with others, as when finishing jog/walk, I’ve said to at least 5 people, “Good morning, cute doggy!” or some version, “happy dog!” if not so cute, maybe even, “protective dog!” if seems bit aggressive as I pass, and by then, nearing home, I’m feeling joyful and ready to face the day!
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