Monday, March 14, 2016

Stand Up Desk
Stand Up Desk
Those who know me often ask about my back.

The answer is, my back is much better but it's an ongoing battle to manage and care for it.

One part of this is that I am careful not to sit for more than an hour at a time. If I'm working, I just stand-up and keep working with my nifty stand-up desk.

This year, my back is sore but no problems. Of course, it's only March.  I've skied and biked and swam a lot.  I'm hoping to go do tri sprints again this summer but this means that I need to start running again. I've run about a mile and a half three times this year and each one took a lot more than I expected and left me pretty sore for most of a week.

My last real back spasm was in Sept 2015 when, feeling pretty good in the morning, I did some squats but for some reason, I did it while holding my little dog over and in front of my head. This turns out to be really stressful on the back and it triggered a pretty bad spasm. That spasm was the day of the SOFL Edcamp which I managed to get thru by using the back brace and some drugs.

A bigger spasm was in March 2015 when Carmen was in Cuba. I triggered it by playing way too much tennis on a Sunday and then, when I tried to do situps  on Tuesday am,  my back when into a full spasm making it almost impossible to get off the floor or move. This one took about two weeks in the back brace before I could move again.

So that's the status, I'm writing this both to promote the standing desk and also, I'm trying to keep better records about my back status. So, to help me keep track, I'm listing the previous posts on this topic.

Previous posts related to ergonomics and desks and back problems:

By Back Strategy - Sept 2011

Training for training - Jan 2009

More Back Problems - Nov 2008

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Juggling by the Black Belts

To maintain muscle tone, relaxed quickness, and to calm the nerves, juggling has been show to be superior to both yoga and transcendental meditation!  Ok, I did make that up but I still believe it.

Here's me, coming out of retirement, and trying to revive the old "eat an apple while juggling routine."

For those of you who want to know what happened. it turns out that I had forgotten to swallow so I started to choke.  Once I realized what was happening, I remembered that I use to have ghis same problem back in the 70s when I use to perform this trick.  Here I am, 40 years older, and I'm still forgetting to chew and swallow.  Cracked me up! Practically make me choke to death.

Here's me son trying to do his first ever "apple-while-juggling".  I'm sure he'll master it soon.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Swimming to stay in shape

I've been swimming as a way to stay in shape which is not that likely to lead to injuries. And being in South Florida, I can swim outside 12 months a year! I've even thought of putting a harness onto my home pool so I can train there (my home pool is too small to get much practice. So now I'm trying to improve my stroke. I had myself videoed, what do you think? I think that I should learn to kick properly:

Here's another video of my stroke from October. I was at my least in shape at that point. I look at this video often to give myself motivation.