Archive for January, 2008.

Total Fitness the Brickhouse Bodymind Way – In 80 Words

Written by Philip Walter on Jan 30 at 11:11 pm.

Being a Brickhouse Bodymind

So the subtitle on this website says “be powerful, flexible, creative, and fearless.” That’s a nice, tight summary of what it means to be a brickhouse bodymind. I often consider adding “be light” to that subtitle since it refers to more than just keeping your weight at a healthy number, but even with that addition, it would still be a concise description of the things we strive for in the brickhouse bodymind program.

In contrast to said subtitle, you can read numerous long, probably at times verbose articles on this site about developing your own brickhouse bodymind, and if you buy my forthcoming book, The House That Yoga Built, you can read in great detail about the program and it’s principles.

That said, I was inspired recently to bridge the gap between lengthy prose and tight verse by drafting a description of the brickhouse bodymind and the lifestyle one lives in 100 words or less.

Here is what I came up with.

Love life. Live free of attachment. Consume foods in their natural form. Cook at home more often than not. Eat enough to sustain your activity but not so much that you carry unnecessary weight. Be proficient at manipulating your bodyweight with all four limbs, in positions familiar and awkward, upright and inverted. Learn balance – of body and mind. Smile, laugh, and dance often. Play an instrument. Play multiple sports. Read. Exchange ideas. Respect others. Put yourself out there … everywhere.

Hiking, Trail Running, and My Newest Obsession

Written by Philip Walter on Jan 29 at 6:30 pm.

So, I have developed a new obsession. More accurately, I found one new obsession, which subsequently led to a couple others. Blog posts here have been scarce because of said obsessions, actually.

I am training for a 25k trail run next month. This led to a 14.3-mile jog through Pinnacle Mountain State Park and along the Ouachita Trail. This in turn led to my need to map the jog for all see. I then became obsessed with Google Earth, which is an incredibly powerful (and free) program. So I mapped the trek, as you can see below. I have also made the KMZ file of my hike around Pinnacle and along the OT to the Scenic Vista waypoint available for you to download and open in Google Earth.

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So, I completed the course in about 3:21. That’s an average of roughly 14 minutes per mile. If you take out my 8-minute break at the Scenic Vista on the Ouachita Trail, you an average of 13.5 minutes per mile. I figure that’s pretty good, considering I climbed the East Summit Trail of Pinnacle (a steep 600 foot climb) during that time. Still, I’d like to run the Sylamore 25k in under 3 hours. To do that, I’ll have to push my average to under 12 minutes a mile. Difficult, but doable.

At any rate, this is my new obsession. I’ve added a category to the Mechanisms of Transformation to reflect this. I plan to post more about various hikes I do and make KMZ files available for those interested in such things. Maybe one day soon I can even afford a GPS device to make the tracking ultra easy.

Until next time, get outside and use those lungs!

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