Getting Out of the Box: It’s Like Riding a Bike
The first thing you need to do to get started on this explorative, playful fitness program of ours is very important: buy a bike or fix up your old one. It probably just needs some air or some oil. This mechanical masterpiece, the precursor to both the automobile and the airplane, may NEVER become outdated, and for good reason. It’s maneuverability in handling and omnidirectional mobility coupled with it’s physicality both in intensity and in minimizing stress on those critical joints, our knees and ankles, makes bicycling paramount in natural fitness. It provides access to a much broader panorama of cityscape and nature, opened up to the sky overhead and the earthy air all around you. Not to mention the shorter transit time for close destinations and the advantage of avoiding of parking lot gridlock.
Bicycling and running, are #1 and #2 (swimming and climbing #3 and #4) in my estimation for overall performance on the EFQ scale. They are the cornerstones of our temple of exercise. They are so elementary in their immediacy and familiarity, with minimal equipment needed (e.g. running requires shoes, perhaps, and some legs in working order; bikes generally have the same requirements AND the requisite bike, of course). These are the exercises that should feel like it’s just like “riding a bike.” Let’s explore what these exercises have to offer.
We will expand on my EFQ score for cycling, 26/28, mentioned in the previous module, to bring some attention to this monolith of modern exercise (and transit!) and then assess running in the same way. Again, this is my score for “city-street” cycling, specifically, and not just any ol’ mode of getting around on bike.
Depending on my personal exertion at any given moment I may vary from 4 (average) to 7 (very intense), although I rarely dip below an aggressive tempo. For our intentions I will average the variable charge of my exertion at 6 ( above average). This particular mode of city-street bike riding- I surmise for most people- is generally moderate (4) to mildly aggressive (5) in range, but my “kick” is committed and vigorous (I always have somewhere I need to be and often I do not ride in this way, across town, in a casual or leisurely pace) so I mark this as above normal exertion. (I reserve 7’s on exertion for relentlessly intense, grueling competitive events when you’re body is not allowed to rest. Cross-Fit or Ironman are training environments where mild exertion is unacceptable, “balls-to-the-wall”, high exertion is glorified)
I am a veritable bike fanatic! The regulated spin of chain-on-tooth, bicycle mechanics married with the contours and variable ground-borne glide over the city streets gives way to stream-lined linear action and response. The brilliance of the all-mighty wheel experienced first-hand in the one-to-one, connectivity of pedal-powered revolutions is truly the modality of the moderner, light-weight and versatile. I love the guttural vim and vigor, the rhythmic procession of streetlights passing overhead, inclines turned into dramatic descents, slipping in and out of traffic, the slalom effect as I dance with moving and parked cars, the topographical versatility of all-terrain mobility, moving along under stars… in other words, don’t even get me started; I’m obviously more than your average bike advocate or enthusiast.
Bikes afford an off-the-way dalliance from the perpendicular roadways to circumvent and slice across these asphalt arterials, though, at times, you may end up sitting at the same red light with the rest of the grumbling herd, those impatient, idling motorists.
My personal relationship with bicycles is exuberant to say the least. Therefore, my enjoyment, although slightly variable (swinging between 5 and 7), is high.
Environmental Expression: 7
Bicycles afford alternative pathways to experience an abundance of rarely seen views. However adventurous you are feeling, you may change the landscape from barren and boring to dramatic and invigorating. I purposefully select my route to move along a colorful, shaded, well-paved road, often resorting to canal paths, parkways and sidestreets. Hence, my chosen route’s landscape is a re-creative improvement on the common asphalt streetways in terms of variety and general aesthetic, with an added elevation change here and there.
Here again, we are given to a choice, which is where we will do it, an essential aspect of any exercise. You can choose to ride straight down the main road alongside the cough-and-go traffic, or you can step away from the clogged arteries and into green parks and botanical gardens, hills and trails that offer precious perspectives to a denizen who might never, in an entire lifetime, know were there. We can choose to spend our moments in these tucked away byways and corridors of secret gardens and parkways rather than vying for the three feet left of the curb, competing for your safety with 2000 pounds of heavy machinery reeling by you at 55 mph. This where, as a choice, is an important determinant in the enhancement of all exercise, and, really, all experience. You can CHOOSE to do pushups at the gym on rubber floor mats or you can do them on a hilltop overlooking the town. Follow me here because this important.
This particular experience of biking, surrounded by these preferred naturescapes, is more vivid and spiritually endowed. On these alternative paths there is a 1-to-1 relationship between man and nature, rather than a plurality of motorists whizzing by me, the gutter ball bicyclist. The calm interplay and serenity attended by these byways changes the negative stimuli from hazardous car-pinching and honking to more contemplative observations of cityscape, natural flora and quieting self-reflection. Cruising mono e mono with nature, uninhibited by rival traffickers, sailing abreast or into the breeze, there is little to encounter save that which animates your mind and emotions. Nature becomes an immediate attraction and consummate reciprocator, ultimately raising one’s consciousness.
It affects the bicyclist – almost instantaneously- begetting a sense of social and environmental virtue. Cyclists are generally imbued with a collective consciousness and moral high ground that values human-powered transportation over fossil-fueled. And, unless you’re venturing upon raw, unblemished terrain to dig some wider tread into the dirt and cut up some mountain trails, the modus operandi of all cyclists is to abide by the street bike lanes and designated off-the-way bike paths to traverse the entirety of their city.
A conscious cyclist is categorically bent on reducing the environmental footprint in favor of improved human health and global awareness. In short, such a rider is a minimalist and a naturalist, appreciating the earth with little disruption to its natural setting. *I admit a modicum of pontification here is directed to my choir of avid cyclists.
By these factors, the environmental expression is exceptionally high (in my estimation, of course) and rests solidly at 6(.99999), on many occasions floating upward to an out-of-this-worldly 7.
This value is contingent on your immediate ownership and quality of bikes and also the availability of bike-friendly paths. I have four bikes: a wide-based mountain bike, a heavy-duty commuter, a 10-speed road bike and a reclined “slow ride” cruiser. This properly maintained, all-terrain, line-up of bikes is dynamically divergent providing me widely varying choices to bike-travel, four to be exact. For this mode of bike-riding I will usually choose my heavy-duty commuter for its utilitarian aspects.
If you have zero bikes, then you have zero access to this particular exercise, and all three previous factors matter little. No bike, no dice.
***PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: If you don’t have a bike, get a bike. And if you have a bike, pump it up and roll that shit out!
We must also regard the avenues, back roads and corridors along which we pedal for this last factor. Most cities have minimal bike-accessible paths, but this is swiftly becoming a state and city sponsored repurposing of existing roadways. This proliferation is growing amongst progressive cities like Greensboro, Austin, Portland, any city in Colorado, for instance and Tempe/Mesa/Scottsdale/Phoenix (in tandem) is certainly no exception. In Tempe, specifically, controversial modifications such as converting existing car lanes into designated bike lanes are reshaping the landscape of the roadway.
Based on my localized qualifications as a Tempean, I am well supported for traveling via bicycle, in terms of my immediate access to the secondary means by which this exercise is made possible, meaning ridable roads, paths and trails. Tempe is interwoven with an exceptional bike grid and the improvements keep coming. In my case, it’s an easy 7 for my access to biking.
26 out of 28 is exceptionally high. This is an advisable form of exercise as it relates to me. It might not be for you, especially if you do not own a bike (but that, as I will say, again and again, must change). The change that blows in the progressive wind is not for advancing the cause of carbon-monoxide-spewing engines, but for the bicycle revolution that is swiftly becoming a national and global trend, even into the boroughs of New York City and other metropolis centers like Paris and Stockholm as a primary form of transportation. Some cities- notably Paris recently- are restricting the main roadways only to pedestrians and bicyclists for a day of celebration sans automobiles.
Okay, so enough with the bicycles and the global bike revolution and let’s get onto running. Running links us to the rest of the bipedal and quadrapedal animal kingdoms. (We are easily at the slowest end of the foot race however, neck and neck with the common house cat and behind the dog, the ostrich and, of course, the cheetah. And if we compared ourselves to our tinier insect neighbors, the ant or the cockroach, pound for pound and relative to size, we are easily outmatched by these little buggers as well.)
Every two-legged human- and some one-legged- human being can run or at least walk or jog. Running will take us everywhere the bike can’t. Running ascends from crawling and tapers off just before hiking and climbing turns into a vertical ascent. Running is the exercise we can do where there is nothing else around or when there’s something in the way that we need to get around. Running does not require any special footware- or shoes at all- or other pieces of equipment. It is the original high-intensity exercise. We’ve all been in a foot race at some point or pushed to our top-speed for some game or event, or, maybe, literally “running for our lives” from some oppressive or violent consequence.
Running, whether for speed or distance, is the ultimate exercise for accessibility. You can do it anywhere, if you have enormous space and then also where you have very little. It is an extremely flexible exercise in terms of what running might actually be defined as. Running sprints, running in place, running stairs, running zigzag between cones or chasing a Frisbee are all quite different in their effectual physical engagement and they’re all relatively accessible. But what if you can’t activate in any such way?
What if you have chronic knee issues or lung frailties that may restrict your ability to activate the body in this way, even mildly. For some of these afflictions I would argue running- even it’s just walking- and the physiological operations that complement it might be improved. Lungs, for instance, might experience greater elasticity from the intensified breathing required for running and even walking. And knees that might not absorb concrete impact well would benefit from softer surfaces such as dirt, grass or sand and the regular action may improve the range of motion and overall flexibility in that ever-important joint (competing with the lower back as the first to go with age). Opting out of exercise is not an option. Whatever your constraints, you MUST work around them as best you can.
Let’s then break down running through the factorization of the EFQ, and, rather than considering my experience of running as “around the block”, or “at the track oval” or “freerunning” through the city, I will rate it as trail running, because of my particular desire to run and train in this way, taking advantage of the dynamic scenery and topography afforded on these paths.
I am built physically and mentally to sprint short distances and often look at marathoners and ultra marathoners with a quizzical admiration. However, I have recently introduced short runs of 3-5 miles into my routine to improve my stamina and endurance. Previously, I would only run around the park maybe four times (the equivalent of a mile) and call it good, but these “longer” distances (3-5 miles being “longer” is completely subjective, I know) are causing me to shrug off the early quitter syndrome that has shadowed running throughout my life.
I am now no longer deterred by the clippity-cloppity monotony, the variation and creative flow of freerunning and its overarching philosophy, in particular, has become pivotal in capturing my attention and challenging my entire body. I have developed my stride and breathing, I’ve increased my overall performance and also decreased the strain or stress- both psychological and physical- I’ve felt in the past.
It has definitely inflated my respect for running as an archetype of aboriginal movement- an inherent trait of human activity- as well as helping me appreciate the global community of runners, sprinters, cross-country and trail runners, marathon and ultra runners that are beating the path on the regular. Whether on the sidewalk or the road, the boardwalk or the beach, over hill over dale there is a palpable camaraderie, as with cyclists.
What trail running specifically does for me is get away from the linear flatness of straight-ahead sidewalk running or the one-dimensional oval track. It challenges my foot reaction to rock-placement and offers multiple elevation changes. This context for running is becoming more and more popular amongst running enthusiasts for the variance and complexity. It is vigorous and challenges me both in the ascents AND descents and also in my foot and ankle control, and also mentally, rapidly mapping my course as my feet must land decisively on each rock and sandy surface. All this considered- and even if we were not speaking solely about trail-running- the exertion factor easily lands on a 7 for me; running takes a lot out of me, which is part of why- not ironically- I’ve begun enjoying it.
Unless I’m chasing a Frisbee or getting open on a fast break for a lay-up, running is not the most rewarding exercise to me, especially when it is for longer distance, it can become an insipid repetition. They speak of the “runner’s high” and I have experienced something like a Zen buzz on more than one occasion and that truly is the atonement for the punishment of any vigorous run. But, like I said, I’m not built for long distance, though I am honestly working at changing that, so it can feel more like punishment than frolicky joy. I imagine for others it might be more fluid and focused or even amused, exuberant and sprite, but, for me it feels, at best, like a labor of love.
Trail-running, though, creates enough pleasure from the mental engagement of jumping from rock to rock and also offers a wide enough terrain variance in movement from actual climbing, or scaling large rocks, to jumping and landing, running up and down, in a direction that is never quite straight, to counter the physical strain that I am consistently aware of. This mental interaction, coupled with the sentient invigoration charged by the breeze and the blossoms, the sunshine and the clouds, eases me up to a 5 or even a 6, depending on how fresh and limber my body feels and how lovely the day, but I am often hovering around a 4 due to the generally “labored” feel of running, so 5 feels honest to me for the pleasure I experience while trail-running. When I’m done it’s a whole different experience of satisfaction as my body relaxes and recharges and this pleasurable post-run recuperation should certainly be factored in as an aspect of the pleasure of running along with all the other exercises whose post-game cool down provides veritable pleasure in deference to the maximal exertion that the activity produced.
We should pause to observe this effect that the pain may have on the pleasure of running as we will shortly look at a particular exercise whose sumptuous sensual pleasure is enough to almost completely counteract the pain, or stress involved, or even cause normally painful stimulants to be perceived as pleasurable.
From this perspective of running, you begin to see how exertion and pleasure are somewhat reflexive, the one affecting the other, as in the deadlift, for instance. The deadlift is easily a 7 on the exertion scale and easily a 1 on the pleasure scale. However, pleasure can be conceived objectively in proportion to the amount of pain produced if that pain is seen as desirable. So a person who enjoys deadlifts, rating it as high as a 6 or 7, does so for the unmistakable grueling and aggressive nature of the exercise, which gives them pleasure. It is difficult to separate these categories completely because of their causally reflexive relationship. You can almost imagine, hypothetically, the extreme, if the exercise were so enjoyable and no amount of pain or stress could supplant the overall feeling of pleasure or arousal released while doing it. For now, back to the trail.
Environmental Expression: 7
Trail-running, separated from other types of running is a double-edged sword in that it might be perceived as aggressively impacting the soil, harmfully contributing to unnatural erosion, and then on other hand, it could be viewed as an appreciative and respectful interaction between man and environment, individual and nature. So, while littering and off-the-trail-wandering can create disruption in the natural ecosystem in and around these pathways, trail-running, with integrity, should, hopefully, instill a reverence within people to not desecrate and destroy the natural habitat. I know it doesn’t always incite such peace and humility in every runner, but here I think (and this might just be the optimist in me) the conscious runner, much like the conscious cyclist, is the rule and not the exception.
I regard myself as more the conscious type, picking up after myself, and seeking to use the existing trail as much as possible so that I might minimize my environmental footprint. I’m also thoroughly immersed in the sentient experience generously effused as free ambience and chirpy bird chatter. I live for the theatric gusts of stormy weather, the sunsets, the sunrises, the onset of an afternoon shower, which can really be experienced in any type of outdoor running- trail or sidewalk. Trail running just seems to stage the effect of natural outbursts with a wilder interaction. It is far and away a superior form of running if only for its natural aesthetic experience, which may offer desert and canyons or forests and meadows. Take your pick. The environmental expression when I’m hot on the trail is an emphatic 7.
Trails feel like a hop, skip and a jump away in Tempe. Whether I run the suburban hills of Kiwanis (a 2.25 mile circuit), the outlying terrain of Papago Park and South Mountain (3-5 miles, or more, depending on how you slice and dice them) they are relatively close, a bicycle ride away. So, only due to the requirement of traveling to the trail by car, bike or on foot, and that you can’t just do it wherever, I drop this from a 7 to a 6 for accessibility. (Running “around the block” is one of the most accessible forms of exercise because you can step outside your house and go do it RIGHT NOW and so long as you deviate and challenge yourself to stay off the sidewalk or the “beaten path”, you can imitate trail conditions and therefore, in a sense, trail-running can be done anywhere you can run).
So add the four factors and you see trail-running, for me, is a solid 25 out of 28. Running, in general, might slide down to the 15-20 range depending upon the conditions, but running on the trail is a desirable form of running so I rate it higher. You begin to see how specific conditions can diminish or elevate a particular exercise and how modifying exercises, whatever they may be, by changing the location or environment can immediately improve the experience. I am not as high on the EFQ chart for running “in general” as I am for biking “in general” due primarily to the physical pounding of gravity and concrete arguing over my body- I, for one, do not enjoy linear, concrete running- but get me on the side of a mountain and I become very engaged.
It is this visceral engagement that is the essence of what we are seeking to improve upon exercise and physical activity as a whole. Stimulating, intensely effective, environmentally-conscious and readily accessible activities are those we will be able to sustain through the years of our life, returning to time and time again in the habitual grind that is exercise as a regular, daily, compulsory activity, whether functional or extracurricular.
In the spirit of such provocative fitness I have made a list of exercises that are rated higher on the scale because I regard them with greater significance. I like to call them nothing less than “super exercises”. This is a tongue-in-cheek cousin to the “superfood” phenomena in nutrition, which essentially took more than a handful of unrefined foods, such as bananas, spinach and blueberries and exalted them to a higher order of nutritional value, “SUPER”(of which the scientific nutritional community has largely downgraded outright as merely a marketing term), because of concentrations of this or that vitamin or antioxidants.
I use this idea analogously, and not without a bit of irony, as a way to designate certain exercises with a higher functional fitness value. In theory, ANY exercise might be a “super exercise”. These are presented as having, more or less, “objectively” high EFQ ratings as they are not always my own subjective score, per se. For instance, I’ve never snowboarded, but I can surely recognize the immense pleasure, the thrill of shooting down a mountainside and the aggressive strain on the legs in maintaining balance and for maneuvering. It’s also easy to appreciate the awesome views, sounds and smells and the vibrant environmental exposure. Then one must consider the lack of accessibility: limited to snow season and the pricey of equipment becomes expensive in a hurry, whether you rent or own.
All things considered, here is a list of superexercises (with parenthetic modifications for personal preference on the four “cornerstone” exercises):
* Running (on the trail)
* Swimming (in the ocean)
* Cycling (on the trail)
* Climbing (on the mountain)
* White-Water Rafting
* Obstacle Course
* Martial Arts
* Sexual Intercourse
* Punching Bag
* Kneading Dough
* Core Exercises (Push-Ups, Pull-Ups, Sit-Ups/Crunches)
* Climbing a Tree
* Playing with children
Each of these activities are either extremely fun or intensely rigorous (preferably both), environmentally-conscious, aesthetically-inclined, immediately or consistently accessible or just all of the above. You might live by the slopes and be privy to a full assemblage of equipment for skiing or snowboarding and eight months of snow, or you may live by the beach and in full advantage of the coastal amenities. Maybe you have a punching bag, or maybe, along with your bike and a lot of other equipment, it’s in the closet.
There are many possibilities for exercising that are contingent on the what, where and the when and you can always back off and say, “I’m not lucky enough to own a ________,” or “There are no _________ where I live,” but wherever you live and whatever your circumstance, there is something that is to your advantage and perceiving it may require more than a “glass-half-full” mentality. Always remember, people have done much more with much less. How many amputees are back up and running with prosthetics charging down the track? First, remove the obstacles that YOU create for yourself, then confront life’s.
These SUPER exercises are constituted, not by accident, of a superior functionality of life itself. From running and dancing, kneading dough, farming and gardening and sexual intercourse, there is a common vein of livelihood, or (ahoy!) liveliness, as if the “normal functions” that we fulfill in “normal life” can be equivalent functions of a “super life”. Is there an aspect of the mundane that is intensely divine?? Indeed, there is MUCH to be dramatized in the perfunctory motions of life, and all the more triumphant when the stage is setup for a theatric disclosure, an intimate and decisive experience. It is imperative to secure a convenient park, or stage, where you can “open up” in such a way as to reflect the divine, not mirror-ly the mundane. (We will “set the stage” in the next module.) Of course there is some exercise we cannot do at the park, although, you can certainly try.
Sex, is above all others, a form of exercise that is- or should be, at least- intensely pleasurable and is referenced as a humorous alternate nickname for the EFQ, the “Sex Index”. It is the supreme “exercise in disquise”. It is an absolutely unique form of exercise because of its preponderate effect of pleasure, which give it its intensely transformative psychological characteristics. So it seems fitting- if only as a counterpoint to chess- and without going into great (personal, or subjective) detail that it should be conveyed in terms of the EFQ. Thar she blows!
Okay, let’s get all the nervous blushing and juvenile giggling out of the way. You get out of sex what you put into sex. In other words, your exertion level is usually parallel with your pleasure. If you’re tired and and/or unexcited (read “turned on”), your pleasure is relative to the apathy given to the act. In other words, if you’re backing away from it, you’re definitely not getting your back into it. In other words- and this is certainly a masculine perspective- exertion comes from passion; if you’re aroused you’re exerting. Unless you’re a “professional” it is not in our nature to “fake the feeling”, although it is definitely an “out” for some to avoid hurting the other person’s feelings or removing oneself and the emotional connections involved.
Apathy or disconnectivity depreciates the spiritual level of the act. It is a transcendental connection of life in its greatest moment and expression, the great procreative enigma of love itself. And “by most accounts”, at least for half of the party involved let’s say, there is passion that predicates the act and it is of a feverish variety that charges the body long enough to complete the act, which can “by most accounts” last anywhere from 5 minutes- even really 30 seconds can be enough time to consummate- to 5 hours (talk to Sting apparently) so you can imagine the direct impact on a deep tissue muscle like the buttocks, or the lower back, or the back AND front of the thigh, even the calves that help pushing in a, uh, ahem! Whoa! Yeah, it gets very involved, very quick. A full body workout for sure!
I average this factor of exertion according to the wide variance that sexual activity may inspire. It seems adequate that the majority of sexually active people would agree that sex calls an “inner fire” into action which fuels the experience with a kind of pyrotechnic background and that, when needed, the sex muscles are primed and ready to rock and roll. Moving right along!
Pleasure is so intertwined with the very suggestion of sex that it seems unavoidable as the immediate motivation behind it, not abstractly for procreation, children or family only, but often for recreative enjoyment and a bonding expression of mutual love. It is readily accepted in human cultures as a sacred ritual borne of necessity to reproduce and regenerate the species. Sex is a glorified expression of love and is a language for life that transcends through the individual. It is justifiably elevated to a higher order for pleasure in the interconnectedness that is aroused between people. No matter how extensive or brief the consequences, the encounter always “changes everything” as it were, between the persons involved.
In the interest of not professing Freudianism, I will truncate this aspect of sexual intercourse, which is obviously vast and perplexing, by saying this sort of pleasure, of the sexual kind, is of a superior order and imbued with a spiritual coloring unlike any other physical activity, AND that often when people are lifting heavy weight or struggling though exhaustion there are aspects in the sounds and the faces these people make that bear a striking resemblance to the sounds and expressions that people make when they are engaged in sex. Just saying. Maybe the out-of-body pleasure that is created through sex is not too far removed from the same “emotionally heightened” physical exertion in very strenuous lifts. I think, at least, we can all agree that sex is the embodiment of pleasurable exercise.
Environmental Expression: 4
This is situationally comparable to chess- ironically- in that most of us would be happy keeping this form of exercise behind closed doors and at particular hours of the day, and if you think of its distinctive mobility and versatility of location, it becomes an adventurous endeavor, a provocative allure of where? Without speculating on the possible circumstances (Mile-High Club!) let’s safely average this out to 4, smack dab in the middle between “in the bedroom with the lights off” and “on the top of the Eiffel Tower” for range of environmental (voyeuristic) expression.
I would also hope there be as small an environmental footprint as possible. I’m talking about those small, little baby footprints that show up ten months later and have a diaper-trail-to-the-moon-size footprint. The nonprocreative act- unless you want the diaper trail- is quickly cleaned up after, like a Boy Scout cleans up a campfire pit, without a trace. Again, let’s move on.
Just as above, I am averaging this component to 4 according to its polar ends of “not sexually involved”, which might mean celibacy or self-arousal, and “extremely sexually active”, which is all too often an exaggeration, because of the sense of virility associated with sexual activity and sometimes those that are obsessed with maintaining sexual activity without pause- namely MEN- are in the business of projecting numbers, not remembering names.
A healthy sexual dispositon should be content in the repose and not always consumed in the tension of the chase or the seductive foreplay leading immediately back, again and again, into the passionate act. Ah, the great flames are those that stay alight, as with oak, long and steadily though they require the great effort to ignite and then to kindle. Fires made of paper or pine needles flare up straightaway into bright light and smoke and are abruptly extinguished. Some people experience sex as readily as one would smoke a cigarette, burning through packs, and others might as well be building a gigantic bonfire of enormous fantasy without the reality of a single match. There is a wide variance in anyone’s accessibility to sex and an average for this reason seems appropriate and safe.
19 out of 28 is a not exceptionally high, but the fate of some is not the fate of all and so, depending on the who, what, where, when and why this 19 turns quickly into a 28 or it might drop into the single digits for a person with a bad experience or with a uniquely restricting emotional or physical condition.
There is no perfect exercise really and so we are interested in describing those activities that we can “gain” the most from and the circumstance at which they are optimized to the fullest. Some activities are undeniably better suited to a wide range of experiential value and should be normalized as the means to sustained, enriching activity.
We will be learning, from this point on, how to set the stage, write the script, and follow the lines, wobbly and nonlinear and never faltering in a flatland of insipid inconsequence. We will create our work (play) space and design our natural “gym” with creative angles and surfaces, through which a panoply of parts- muscles and movements- will be engaged. A new vision of your body- and your mind- will become possible in this newly imagined, omnidirectional playground. First, you must find an available and creative stage to begin your fitness designs. It’s right around the corner. Let’s take a look.