We have reached day 32. The first 30 days are complete, and they were a great success. We’re now moving on to the next level. Many of the items that were being quantified, such as minutes in cold shower, have been locked down going forward and are either done or not done. Cold showers are now fixed at ten minutes long. Cindy has also joined me on the chart, with her own section.
After the success of the cold-shower experiment — starting at five seconds and ending up at ten minutes, every single day, no problem — I decided to try ramping up some other practices. I have struggled holding a plank position for a long time, so I decided to do a plank every day, and push it a little bit further every day. I assume that my body will adapt, and I hope that I will be able to get to some really long plank times. By really long, I mean over five minutes. We have also added some activities to do intermittently throughout the day, such as kettlebell swings, and burpees (for Cindy only). The idea is to promote regular bursts of strenuous exercise to break up hours of cognitive work and to keep the our bodies active all day long. Kettlebell swings and burpees are straining from both a cardiovascular and a resistance training perspective.
Some other things:
- I have now included a track of my overall “brain score” on the iPhone app called Peak, so that I can experiment with using this format for improving cognitive functioning.
- A friend wondered how much water I was drinking, and since I didn’t know, I wondered as well. I’m now tracking water consumption. This is water drunk specifically from a 27-ounce Klean Kanteen I carry and does not include water taken incidentally from other containers or included in other drinks or foods. This means that it’s a very conservative estimate of water consumption.
- Cindy is experimenting with a four minute shoulder stand per day, practiced in the evenings, which is supposed to have many physical and mental health benefits.
Please join us for the next 28 days, and let me know how you are doing with your challenges.