Category Archives: Fitness

Motivational mixing

Every now and then, I get motivated to do some jogging, which I loathe. It’s no surprise that it’s usually in the spring, when it’s time to end my long months of hiding from the cold. Before I think about … Continue reading

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Laughter Yoga, or Laughing When There’s No Joke

“And the forests will echo with laughter. Does anybody remember laughter?” – Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin Supposedly we could laugh in any situation, and we pantomimed laughing while paying the bills, cleaning the house, and talking with a telemarketer. Laughter … Continue reading

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Walk 10,000 Steps a Day for Over 1,000 Days: The Streak is Dead; Long Live the Streak

Doing anything for 1,043 days in a row is sure to bring its challenges, and walking at least 10,000 steps a day had its share: darting out of a basement pub into the New Haven streets before the entrées came … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 4: Race to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Day 4–Wiñaywayna to Intipunku (Sun Gate), approx. distance: 2.5 miles (4 km), approx. time: 1.5 hours; plus a walk down to Machu Picchu {See also: Preparation | Day 1 | … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 3: The Long and Winding Road

“The long and winding road that leads to your door Will never disappear.” –The Beatles Day 3: Paqaymayo to Wiñaywayna, approx. distance: 11 miles (18 km), approx. time: 8 hours. {See also: Hiking the Inca Trail: Preparation | Day 1 … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 2: Nobody Messes with Dead Woman’s Pass

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” –Lao Tzu Day 2: Wayllabamba to Paqaymayo, approx. distance: 7.5 miles (12 km), approx. time: 6-7 hours {See also: Hiking the Inca Trail: Preparation | Day 1 | Day 3 … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 1: Peruvian Flatlands

“Put one foot in front of the other And soon you’ll be walking ‘cross the floor.” –Kris Kringle, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town Day 1: Km 82 to Wayllambama, approx. distance: 7 miles (11 km), approx. time: 5-6 hours … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail: Preparation

{Update: See Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 1: Peruvian Flatlands | Day 2: Nobody Messes with Dead Woman’s Pass} | Day 3: The Long and Winding Road | Day 4: Race to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu} I just … Continue reading

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Confronting the Abyss at Trapeze School New York

“Advice from a veteran trapeze performer: Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow.” — Unknown Harness on, I looked out from the rooftop trapeze school toward Manhattan’s Freedom Tower and gave a half-hearted acknowledgment when my … Continue reading

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I Bust a Move on Dance Central a/k/a Cartoons Pity Me in My Basement

“I can’t get no satisfaction.” — The Rolling Stones I’ve never been accused of busting a move, but I’ve learned yet again that persistence pays off. About two years ago, I started playing the Dance Central game for Xbox’s Kinect. … Continue reading

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