What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
That’s right, I brush my teeth standing on one leg – usually in a piqué position. I like to pretend I look like this:
I mean, I used to dance right:
Chances are that I look more like this:
But that’s not why I brush my teeth standing on one leg. I stand on one leg because I run. Now I know you’re thinking – what?! But it’s true. I stand on one leg because when I’m running and I’m tired and I slip on the sidewalk, I want my neurons to be well trained in refinding my balance – saving both my ankles and my knees. Not only that, but you’ll be strengthening your core muscles and improving your balance.
In Gretchen Reynolds’s book The First 20 Minutes, she dispels the myths that running is bad for your knees. In fact, as I’ve posted about before, running- especially consistent training, is good for your knees. Sudden changes in training though, large increases in miles or speed can lead to injury. Because of this, it is important to pay attention to your ligaments, increase speed and distance gradually, and train your neurons to find their balance, so that when you’re tired it is second nature. And, as she points out, it’ll give your spouse a nice giggle in the morning…
So, here’s a simple New Year’s Resolution to add to your list and likely to make a real difference without much effort at all.