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A Continually Evolving Stretching Exercise Routine As Needed

By author Morgan Jassen

tags: #stretching

This blog post is a story that tells of a continually-evolving progression of finding a stretching/exercise routine that works to fit in my life and keep me healthy.

Years ago I ran daily and did calisthenics.

Then for years I didn't exercise.

Then I ran and didn't run, for a month here or there.

More recently, for months I walked daily to stretch and stay fit.

Then I got injured my foot and couldn't walk.

I moped to myself for a while that I couldn't walk.

After a few weeks of no exercise, I started doing simple stretches for three 15-minute sessions per day.

That worked good for a while. But I felt I needed a better cardio workout to get strong and to get sweaty. (by that I mean to exercise muscles and heart and circulatory system, which is accompanied by sweat, and therefore get more healthy)

So, a couple of months back, I changed my stretching routine. My foot still healing, so I added calisthenics.

I found, and felt, that I was probably too weak to do full push-ups without hurting myself. So I started with sets of three knee pushups, three stomach crunches, three swim stretches, and three 3-lb bicep curls.

I didn't really break a sweat, but i could feel the muscles stretching. I did this for a week. The next week I did three sets of each. The next week I did ten sets of each.

A month after that, I was doing fifteen sets of seven-rep calisthenics and I'd gradually added quadricep squats to the other four exercises.

At this point, it was a better workout, but all told it would take me 45 minutes to do them.

I got overwhelmed and started skipping the workout because it was too long and so too daunting. 

So what then? 

I went back to ten sets of 5-reps for the 5 exercises. Bingo! My time to do the entire workout is back down to 30 minutes. It's manageable.

Also, at one time, a friend suggested we shoot hoops daily at lunch time. I did that for a few months, and took walking out of my daily exercise schedule because the basketball hoop game was more exercise than the walking had been!

Another time, someone else showed me some yoga stretches. Whenever I was hanging out with them, I ended up doing those instead of my usual runner's stretches. It worked out well for a couple of weeks in a row! 

What the previous two paragraphs point out, is that it's also possible to change exercises to fit around social interaction. It can be a benefit where one can network at the same time as stretching/exercising.

Since having originally written most of the above, its been about a year. The past few months, I've been doing 20-minute-long walks on a daily basis, on and off as the weeks have gone by. Also, in the cold winter and no gym membership, and added on to those another personal additional reason why I can't leave the house, I started doing circuits in the Living room and up and down stairs, that adding up the paces make up a 1-mile indoor daily circuit.

The conclusion is that over the decades, years, months, and weeks, one can change one's workout to be *whatever* fits in with one's current lifestyle and fitness goals.

At various points my workout routine has been early morning, morning, lunchtime, evening, late evening, or some combination of these. I've found that it's sometimes been necessary to change the time of day, in order to fit the stretching in with the rest of my life.

I would add though, as a side note, from personal experience from having gone a couple of years while not exercising and while also sitting daily at a desk day-job, that I'd not recommend that. I'd recommend to always maintain some physical activity and don't go more than, I'd say at most some few weeks, without having an activity routine.

It's good to exercise but it's also good to change one's routine to do whatever stretching/exercises/activity fits in one's life at that point. Furthermore, don't worry if all one can do is one knee-push-up, or even just some arm stretches. That is something and can contribute to good health. It might be necessary to slowly add reps or slowly add weight, in order to get to a better workout later. But that's not needed in the first few weeks or months just starting out after a long sedentary stretch. It might be necessary to first add flexibility of muscle via stretches, before then proceeding to be able to start doing strength training.(even light strength training)

In conclusion, as the years and weeks go by, it's good to exercise and stretch, but not only that, it's good to adjust which exercises and stretches that one does, as well as when one does them, and who one does them with -- this helps to fit stretching / exercising into one's life, keep doing the stretching, and stay healthy!


Note: This post was pre-published on Apr 19, 2018.



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There are Plenty of Abundance Mindsets

By author Morgan Jassen

This year a goal of mine is to: "Tune into an abundance mindset".

But then I started to worry that what if there's only one abundance mindset, and I'm not able to get tuned into it?

No worries, there are an abundance of abundance mindsets, and there will be enough time to tune into any of them that are needed.

There are money abundance mindsets, time abundance mindsets, friends abundance mindsets, general all-purpose abundance mindsets, and more,... and they are continually available to be tuned-into, ongoing.



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Escalate from Support to Sales

By author Morgan Jassen

Recently a friend of mine heard someone (frustrated with Software Technical Support service) state (paraphrasing): '... I would like to escalate this case from tech support to a sales case, so that it becomes taken more urgently and progressed towards resolution more quickly..."

I chuckled at first, but then stopped. Because this person knows how it works. ^This.

This is how it works -- if support doesn't meet expectations, then escalating to sales will work in a typical American IT Services provider company. Because you then tell sales you are thinking of canceling. And 90% of the time the entire support organization reports to the head of sales, and an other 9% of the time the head of support works under a sales paradigm.

The thing that made me chuckle is the phrasing. This is the first customer I can recall who put it so bluntly, and obviously well understands that support reports to sales. 

(Other customers may insist that support fix it and that support provide excellent service, and ask it to be escalated up through the support chain. But ^this person knows that this means escalating it to sales. They essentially want to skip the escalation through the support management chain even, and just go higher -- go to sales)



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WordPress Self Hosted Is Rather Less Performant Out Of The Box

By author Morgan Jassen

At ~24min.30sec. of the Matt Report podcast episode ("Jake Goldman on (Larger) Agency Life and Products") ( https://mattreport.com/jake-goldman-larger-agency-life-products/ )(2017-03-05 iTunes podcast) Someone (The Persona of Jake Goldman on this podcast) actually implies that Wordpress isn't performant out of the box! (i.e. without tuning):

"Getting WordPress to run well ... ... out of the box..."

At ~35min.17sec. in though, Jake's Persona clarified that small agencies can use WP to make a small business making lifestyle sites etc.

I agree with what Jake's Persona said, and I think it's not that it WordPress isn't/can't be made to be a good solution and made to run fast, but rather that if its desired to have a performant, live, website, with active visitor activity, it'll more often than not take some tuning, rather than just installing WordPress out of the box (out of the box meaning download from WordPress.org and manually install it.) For example it may want a caching plugin, or some hardening of admin-ajax.php, or hardening of wp-admin/ directory, or any number of other modifications, depending on the end goal.



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Rich Dad Two Years Later

By author Morgan Jassen

About two years have passed since I went on a reading spree of "Rich Dad" books.

(Kiyosaki & co.'s Rich Dad, plus Rich Woman, and Rich Dad Corporations)

I am grateful to have realized that I want what the book calls financial independence.

Also I hope that all who want financial independence, get it. I envision a world where everyone is wealthy, and is BOTH working for money AND investing for money, at the same time, the two paradigms being not exclusive of each other.

But in the two years since, I and those I know have hardly come any closer to financial independence.

Why?

I had thought the wanting of the financial independence would somehow bring it about, spark conversations and make it start to come about, especially given two years' time.

What I realize more and more, is there is what can be seen as two parts. there is the wanting financial independence, and then there is the taking-action-to-get financial independence.

I'm still realizing that I don't know a good next step in taking-action-to-get financial independence.

It's good that I know I want it. but now I still need to figure out a way to take action to get it. 

Getting it is not as easy as I had thought, and is taking longer than I had thought somehow. 

Two years and feels like little has changed.

However I can feel my mindset is changing slowly towards tuning in to abundance and towards financial independence. So I'm grateful for that. I'll keep working at it for the next two, five, and more years. 

May everyone be able to attain the level of wealth they desire!


Note: This post was pre-published on Jan 18, 2018.



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2018 Personal Mission Statement for Morgan Jassen

By author Morgan Jassen

1. Exercise humility to learn from others
2. Share
3. Tune into an abundance mindset
4. Think long-term
5. Maintain health
6. Grow wealth
7. Pursue integrity
8. Create value through working























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