the old adage “Use your body or you’ll lose it” becomes more and more true as I get older. But what is also true is that the older I get, the harder it is to find an activity that I enjoy.
I hate running. If I run, it’s because they’re after me. Or am I chasing something. However, neither of those scenarios comes up very much. From time to time, he might run along a trail to get to a particular place at dawn, or to follow a bird through the woods. But running for fun? There is no fun in running. Have you ever seen someone run? Do they look like they are having fun? (Editor’s note: I am having funScott though!) No, they look miserable. Because they are.
I hate running so much that in high school when I was told that had In choosing a sport, I chose rowing because it seemed unlikely that it would involve running. He was right, for the most part. Rowing turned out to be a special kind of physical hell far worse than running, but at least it wasn’t running. I don’t mind putting up with hell as long as it’s not working.
pick your battles
To do? I would row again, but boats are expensive and difficult to transport when live in a trailer. I like to lift heavy things, but weights are also out of the question for those of us in RVs or apartments. I know what you’re thinking: go to the gym, idiot. I hate gyms. I might hate gyms more than running. It’s a raffle.
For years I got by with push-ups and crunches, and push-ups whenever there was a suitable tree nearby. It worked, for the most part. Maybe I’m a little lacking in cardio, but I’m not trying to win a marathon. I just want to grow old with a modicum of grace. Then I discovered the one on GoRuck sand kettlebell.
Now I can lift heavy things and pack them into a small package when I’m done. I also get what I’ve heard described (accurately) as a stealth cardio workout. GoRuck Sand Kettlebells hit the sweet spot between price, size, and effectiveness.
I should probably point out here that my idea of a workout is very simple: work as many muscles as you can with the minimum number of exercises. After some experimenting, I found what I had been looking for since I stopped rowing, which is a brutally hard workout that doesn’t take hours. The kettlebell swing combined with the turkish costume give me a very well rounded workout (I still do push ups and pull ups too).
I have never been much of a fan of sand weights. They are usually poorly done. But GoRuck’s Sand Kettlebells are an exception to this rule. They are well made and incredibly durable. They are made from heavy-duty Cordura nylon (1000D) and use a zipper system with a Velcro flap that rolls down like a dry bag to make sure no sand escapes. In months of testing, I have yet to see any sand leakage. Oh, and if you don’t live near free sand, you can always buy a bag of sand to play with at your nearest hardware store.