Wednesday Morning Canoe Trips

The most difficult thing about change is making the change. Making that change, more often than not, means breaking a habit. Habits are the toughest thing to break. Habits are tougher to break than that particle board you had to snap to get your green belt; inside your 5th grade head it was not particle board you had to break, but adamantium.

Today, I took my first step in breaking a habit. While I do love sports, I am not what you would describe as an athlete. Sure, I can shoot a basketball, hit a tennis ball, and tell you the rules of baseball – but working out is not really my thing. My idea of a workout is walking 18 holes while playing golf instead of riding in the cart[1]. At the same time, I need to work out. No one likes buying bigger clothes. Newer clothes, sure, but not bigger.

The rowing machine is something that looks innocent enough, but as I discovered today, is very guilty of hurting your (my) unaccustomed to exercise body. I should be the last person to underestimate anything gym related. It was my hubris that got the best of me. 40 minutes on the machine seemed like no time at all. Thank god I only did 20. I saw the machine and could not help myself but to think of a lovely canoe ride. Here is where I will make a clear distinction only made clear to me after using the rowing machine for 20 minutes: There is a very clear distinction between rowing and canoeing.

Aside from getting healthier and in shape, I discovered another added benefit to new routine of daily exercise – guiltless edible consumption. I do not mean, because I worked out I can have a sweet. Sure, that might be true. Also true, marijuana has a combination of amino acids that help alleviate pain caused by soreness as a result of lactic acid build up. These acids can help burn and build fat stored in the body, which in turn can promote proteins, which as I am told, help muscles recover.

So, my new favorite habit, that I hate, is the rowing machine.  




[1] Most of you are probably thinking, “Why play golf at all if you are not going to drive the cart? Isn’t that the only fun thing to do on a golf course?” A short answer – no. But we will get into golf and all its spiritual importance another day.