Just out on an evening run, cruising along a lovely trail, when a mountain biker, a guy about 45-years of age, pulled alongside and started chatting. It was getting pretty dark, so I wondered what was going on, when he mentioned that he had just had his second child. He needed to talk. Having three sons, I understand where he was coming from. I, on the contrary, have just lost my Mom, so I’m at the other end of the life and death game, which really is all about balance. Deaths have to roughly balance births, or we’ll have a real mess on our hands. You also have to balance rest with exercise, food with fasting, time alone with social activity, art with science, and so forth. Otherwise, your life gets all out of kilter. Off balance! And boy, was my life off balance the other day, when I had dehydration-induced vertigo. At one point I had to close my eyes to stand up, or the world would swirl around me inducing nausea. Interestingly enough, whilst standing there getting my bearings I had time to reflect on my senses. I realized that losing my sense of balance would be a greater loss than losing my sense of sight, not that I wish to be without either.
“Dick Sandhaus, a healthy and fit 62-year old, says he never gave his balance a thought until he lost it.”
I suffer severely from seasickness, so vertigo is not new to me, but the experience referred to above caused me to linger on this article, which turned out to be pretty interesting. It is rare that people discuss the importance of balance, and how it might become impaired with age. The person referred to in the article, Dick Sandhaus, maintains an interesting blog devoted to exercise, and it was encouraging to see this critical issue raised.
If you want to undertake safe exercise for better health, I strongly recommend that you include balance exercises in your daily routine unless you want to ‘walk like an old person before your time.’ Such exercises can be very effective and simple, like standing with your eyes closed, standing on one leg or manipulating an object, such as a heavy book, whilst giving your body freedom to move around your shifting center of gravity. If you are on a long train or airplane trip, stand in the isle on one foot and see how you do, and then try it with your eyes closed (with due care to do so safely near a suitable support). You can undertake this kind of exercise in the grocery store, or while cooking, and it gives you a chance to visit your posture and symmetry at the same time.
A balanced life is a happy life, my friends.
|Workout PLAN Coach: Chris Hauth|
with 6x(3-minute hard zone 4 efforts with 3 minute recovery) and then 1x 15 minute zone 3 tempo toward the end of the ride. The rest is ez Zone 2.