Is It a Lifestyle or Just Something You Do?

I like to bike. No, I love biking. I’m getting ready to move to a new city. When my wife and I were house/apartment hunting we chose a place had bikeable areas nearby over places that were both bigger and cheaper.

Where I live right now I bike to work almost every day. I bike to the nearby stores. I bike to my parent’s house. I even bought a child trailer so I could throw my briefcase and other work stuff into the back. I know from experience that I can haul 4 long comic book boxes (almost a 1000 comics) in that trailer. That’s nigh 200 pounds.

Lake Moultrie trail

The thing is, I don’t rack up a lot of miles although I bike so much. I probably won’t in my new place either. I have friends who regularly go out and bike 15, 30, or even 50 miles a day on multi-thousand dollar bikes while wearing spandex unis with pockets on the back. Then they don’t touch their bike again until it’s time for their next bike workout.

That’s the big difference between us. I bike because I love it. It’s part of my lifestyle. I pride myself on biking more than driving. For many of my friends it’s just a workout. Their bikes are nothing more than pretty kettlebells.

If you have something you enjoy, consider making that transition from plain old thing to a lifestyle. It might make a huge difference for you.

If you need more of a reason to move further into the biking lifestyle, check out this article on how biking to work will make you happier and healthier.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Crossfit on the Construction Site

I just added a little something extra to today’s workout. After biking in to work, I saw my dad unloading a construction materials truck. You see, I have an office in my dad’s building that he operates a construction firm out of. Hate to see my dad doing that by himself so I jumped in to help him and gained an extra workout.

Thinking about unloading a semi-truck as a mini-workout, or WOD as the Crossfit cult would call it, made me look at it differently. Think of it as a functional workout.

  • No stretching beforehand, other than the bike ride as a warm-up. Yeah, that’s like real life. I can’t tell you how many times on ops I never had time to stretch before running, lifting, or shooting. Like every time.
  • Carry items of varying sizes and weights over uneven ground. The weight of the materials worked for resistance and the odd sizing helped engage the core. As a matter of fact, carrying bundles of metal extrusions reminded me of log training in the Marines.
  • Lift, carry, set down. Repeat. Over and over.
  • Half the items I carried alone and the larger items with my dad. In other words, I got in some individual exercises and also some partner work.
  • All in all, it only lasted about half an hour, but I was sweating afterward.
  • I also got to spend some time with my dad.

If you live or work near a business that gets semi-truck deliveries, like a small construction firm, they could always use some help unloading their delivery trucks. I’m sure they’d love it. Let’s admit it, you could use the extra workout too. Don’t ask for money or anything. Just get to know them and do it out of kindness and the need to get swole.

I got to thinking afterward. If I went back in the office, jumped on a box a few times, threw some barbells on the floor for sound effect, and posted 15 pictures of this on Facebook, I could call it Crossfit. But, no, I’d rather just call it an extra workout.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Make Your Kids Work for Their Dessert

At my house we don’t just hand out the sweets and dessert for free. My kids have to earn it. My wee one here is 3 and the older one is 6. Now I’m not advocating weightwork for wee ones, but body weight exercises are perfect for kids, unless your wee one is a tubby. In that case he needs to get off his butt and get outside more. Check out the video to see my family’s dessert plan.