Day 119: More Stretching

Arrgh! It’s harder than I thought to find something that covers more stretching in the evening. The particulars are:

  • A number of stretches so I can subselect, not do the same thing every night
  • No mat required
  • Batting the legs/back/shoulders/arm/neck circuit
  • Not yoga

More stretching != pain-in-the-ass stretching

The Internet wants to throw me right into yoga; the whole “evening” thing opens up a vista of “ladies, let’s do our stretches… in bed!” routines that are also not what’s needed.

Plus, the modern state of the Internet means that 90% of the first four pages of search results are the same piece of content, lightly resliced and resold to advertising sites.

Search strings so far have included:

  • evening stretches
  • office stretching [this one, I figured, would guarantee no mat/yoga]
  • office stretching -chair [but all I got was “stretches you can do while sitting in your cubicle]
  • stretching routine no mat
  • stretching routine matless
  • varied stretching “no mat”
  • varied stretches matless
  • stretching -yoga

Oddly enough, that last one landed me on a page from the makers of my rowing machine. And it looks okay!

The other one I liked off the cuff is from, which looks like a site whose Venn diagram overlaps with my interests at about, I don’t know, zero percent. But — I can see how my needs (short, perfunctory, zero-yoga) might overlap with the targets they’re aiming for.

So: some new guidance/direction in stretching. We’ll see how that rolls out!


Day 118: Checklist Attrition

I’m still lovin’ on the checklist, but it’s starting to get a bit… fuzzy around the edges. Checklist attrition is happening. Strangely, I thought the 10-15 minutes of uke practice would be the first thing to go. But it’s the stretching.

I’ve mentioned that I’m not a big fan of stretching, right?

So yeah — I’m doing it every night, but the last couple of nights I’ve started doing it without the checklist. To the untrained eye this might look like “good, he’s internalizing it.” I, who know better, recognize this as me gettin’ sloppy.

Things I’m solid on:

  • Ukulele practice! Which is weird. I thought it would be the one I’d drift off on the soonest.
  • Planking. Again, I thought I might back off on this, but it’s a kind of easy one to knock off and while it hurts, I’m enjoying the progression.
  • Flossing/brushing. Kind of a no-brainer.

Things I’m okay on:

  • Food logging. I’m doing it, but it’s still out of flow for me to log into LoseIt and actually type it all in. Embarrassing on Bad Snack Days, too.
  • House tours: my wife will say “I’ve turned the lights off, etc.” and I’ll just take her word for it. Which I totally should, but then again, I should also do the tour myself because… checklist.
  • Checking out. It’s being done, but after all the other stuff, I kind of feel “checked out” already.

Things I’m slipping on — hardcore checklist attrition:

  • Stretching. I think because I don’t have a set of stretches, I’m just kind of making up “stretching” every night. I’m going to open a new browser tab and type “five minute stretching routine” and print something off to follow for the next week.

Checklist attrition and morning compliance

The whole point of the checklist is readiness for sleep in a lot of ways. I think that’s all good; I question whether the planking gets my body too revved up just before bedtime, but I think it’s okay.

But the stretching. That’s something I gotta work on.



Day Eighty-Six: Stretching Myself

One of the ancillary things about the exercise is the stretching. I’ve given myself permission to hate yoga. But stretching is still (probably) a must. Especially with rowing back in the mix — it really can do a number on your back. I’m easing into it, but even so, I’m trying hard to work some back stretches into every morning post-exercise (rowing or running).

It’s one of those things. When I was younger, stretching had to be done before exercise! Every time! Or you would surely die! Now, the science says stretching before exercise is kind of meh. But you must stretch after exercise! Every time! Or you will surely die!

I don’t know. The back stretches, sure, they help my back feel less terrible. But the overall stretching… I’ve never really done it, and maybe I’m just cruising for a stretch-bruising, but it doesn’t seem to have done me lasting harm.

Stretching to prove a negative

Who knows? Maybe if I’d stretched every day my whole life I’d now be crazy flexible and still have hair. Maybe I’d be dead of deadly stretching. Maybe I’d pull my own arms off and discover I am full of deadly fluid. Who knows? I just know I’ve been doing okay with a more or less stretchless lifestyle.

Sometimes I feel bad about it; I’m totally inflexible (physically). Sometimes I give it another shot, and it’s a way to ‘exercise’ on days that I’m really, really, really not feelin’ it. But on the whole, I’m okay with not being stretchy. Stretch Armstrong was stretchy. And where’s that guy now?