7/8 – Working and Working Out

Taking the opportunity of having easy shower access to flex what’s left of overlooked muscles. For those curious, I’ve been favoring Neil Arey for quick workouts without equipment. More about working out (or not) on the road below.

It’s funny to realize that last year around this time, I exercised 4x a week (roughly 2x weights, 2x running), plus 2-3x a week martial arts, gymnastics, parkour, and whatever else I got into. My diet revolved around protein and ibuprofen. If I may say so, I was lean, mean, and systematically knocking out personal fitness goals. But it wasn’t sticking; the rest of the time, I just sat on my butt at my desk, producing work but mostly disengaged.

I voraciously sought out every affordable opportunity to travel, as escapism but also to stave off the creeping depression that happens when disengaged for too long (there are only so many hours I can train each day before it becomes detrimental). By September, I realized I’d spent as many nights away from home as in my own bed.

This feeds into why I began shifting my priorities to paring down, saving money, and taking the big risk of making this trip a reality. Why not just hit the road ‘permanently’?

Unfortunately, travel doesn’t play always well with training. I miss growing as a martial artist, the rhythm of my school/gym/community, and the physical confidence that comes from honing your body. It’s weird to ‘take a break’ from being an athlete. I’m not even sure what the concept of ‘permanent’ versus ‘just on pause’ is for me anymore. But it’s okay – like training, there’s no sense in doing the same thing hoping for a different result. I’m still figuring it out. I’m softer now that my priority is the road, but I’ll do a few sets of push ups when I can, and hit the shower.

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