Fitness is mostly a solo adventure for me so far as I continue my program, drawing inspiration from Slow Jogging by Dr. Hiroaki Tanaka.
Prepping for a program of slow jogging was delightful for me, though it did have a few surprises.
First of all, Professor Tanaka suggests that a good regimen for a beginning jogger includes 30-minute sessions, 3-5 times per week. The benefit of slow jogging is that it is such a great workout–but also, it is kind enough to our bodies that we could actually jog every day!
My boyfriend Enko is my biggest encourager, and I turned to him when I needed some help to think about how to include a 30-minute regimen of jogging. I told him I had a hard time thinking about 30 minutes of jogging, plus a warm-up, plus a cool-down, plus stretching and strength training. In my imagination, 30 minutes was turning into well over two hours of obsessive physical routine. He said: “Wait a minute. It’s jogging. It is a warm up. It’s everything.” He also reminded me that human beings were designed to run, and that we were designed to out-endure any predators. As a human race, running is kind of our thing.
And as usual, he was right.
This helped my mind be free to accomplish two things:
1.) Being able to move about for 30 minutes at a time, and
2.) Learning proper jogging form.
To tackle the first, I figured that since I couldn’t jog for 30 minutes (yet!), I would focus on walking for 30 minutes at a time. I started practicing this, and my daily walking became a source of relief from stress, plus it just feels better to be outside for a while!
The most interesting part of finding proper form was learning about the mid-foot strike that Professor Tanaka writes about in his book. In order to do this, I had to learn where my mid-foot actually is. I practiced just lightly bouncing on my feet, until I could feel the place below the balls of my feet where I felt the most springy, and where my ankles moved with the intertia. Bouncing is happy. Bouncing is fun. I’ve actually started bouncing during random parts of the day, to keep myself energized!
Go ahead and try to be in a bad mood when you’re bouncing. I dare you! And be sure to send me a picture of your cranky face when you’re bouncing!
So to recap, here is my list of slow jogging accomplishments so far:
- MASTERED: 30 minutes of walking, 3-5 times per week
- MASTERED: Discovery of mid-foot, practice mid-foot strikes by light bouncing
Next step: Keeping my 30-minute regimen, and doing a happy bounce because it’s time to start including jogging!
Source for Adventurous Reading:
Tanaka, Hiroaki. Slow Jogging. New York, NY: Sky Horse Publishing, 2016. Print.
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