by Jay Hiller, December 13, 2022

This is tragic. Photo by Sarah Kilian on Unsplash

I was talking with a friend, David, on Sunday about fitness. We’re about the same age. As usual, he had a really good exercise tip for me. Then we talked about how the goal for the long game is to still be ambulatory in your 90’s, if you’re lucky enough to get there. And that made me think about what I was like as a child. I had the following characteristics: very poor awareness of where my body was in space, poor eye hand coordination and I was slow. And I’m still like that. The difference is that I used to ignore those traits by not exercising. Now I ignore those traits by exercising anyway. (Though I still hate any activity that requires me to catch, throw, strike, kick or avoid getting hit in the face by a ball.)

David’s exercise tip: Horse stance

I tried to find a stock picture of horse stance. If you google it, there’s a ton of images. Basically, it’s double warrior, goddess pose or a wide squat. David recommends holding it for 30 seconds-take a break-1 minute-take a break-3 minutes. I’m finding that three minutes is too long for me so I made my third trial 1 minute and 15 seconds. I’m hoping to build to three minutes. Horse stance was a good break today when I’d been sitting at my desk for too long.

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