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Just a couple days left of 2018. Prime time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions and how much you will be working out in 2019! Please follow and share and reach out with questions! I titled this post LeBron James but that is all in part 2. Enjoy.
Part 1 – Workouts
Recently I was asked by a reader about what time of day I like to do my exercising. This might seem like a strange thing to ask, but when have you POTS, timing makes a huge difference.
Let me start by saying that I absolutely 100% would choose to work out in the evening every time if that was possible. I know that most POTS patients will agree when I say that my symptoms are way worse in the morning. I have my condition pretty well controlled, and even I need a couple hours before I start feeling any sorts of normal.
Back when I was training for my half-marathon, I would typically run on my lunch break. But occasionally I would run into conflicts and the only time I could fit training into my schedule was before work. I realized super quickly I would just have to skip these days *I had an incredibly catastrophic incident involving almost not making it back home from a run, a few of my autonomic systems acting up, and walking home without socks on….*. It is easy for me to be feeling great and forget to take care of myself. “1 step forward, 2 steps back” is a relatable saying for those with chronic conditions.
So here is the DUDE WITH POTS suggested series of events that must occur before working out if you have POTS.
1 – Wake up (literally open your eyes).
2 – Sit up in bed for 5 to 10 minutes (I find that playing games on your phone is time well spent).
3 – Get out of bed and go drink a glass of water (or have it sitting next to your bed already. This won’t work if you have cats. In this case, keep it in a water bottle).
4 – Shower (Some POTS patients are heat intolerant. Be aware and take cool showers if needed. This sucks. I have flirted with cool showers a bit, but I have found that I am much more heat intolerant to outside temperatures and not so much the water temperature).
5 – Sit back down
6 – Eat something (Banana or Granola bar is a nice choice. Not too much because your stomach can’t handle it yet).
7 – If you drink coffee, now would be an excellent time to enjoy a cup (not two cups though, the digestive system needs to become acquainted with cup one first).
8 – Take any daily medication with another glass of water or two (DEFINITELY DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE MEDICATIN BEFORE WORKING OUT).
9 – Now get up and start walking around and getting ready for the day (Pack your lunch, stare out the window, text your buddy Cole, do whatever floats your boat).
10 – Wait at least 1 hour to allow your body time to adjust to functioning as well as possible (DO NOT TAKE THE STAIRS AT WORK FIRST THING. Use the elevator. Keeps the heart rate lower. And allows you to chat with Debra about “just needing to get through this day”.
You are now ready to work out safely 😊
In all seriousness, my favorite (and most body friendly) time for me to exercise is around noon. Due to my work schedule and my equipment being at home, this is not often an option for me. Therefore, I typically work out around 6pm. I aim to avoid working out before 9am at all costs.
Part 2 – LeBron James
*Warning – Sports*
As I talked about in a prior blog, I am a big NBA guy. Like “have my browser set to open to NBA.com” type big. I also have a favorite team. The Los Angeles Lakers. I have been a Lakers fan for 18 years now. I may be relatively young, but I am old enough to remember recording games on VHS tapes so that I could watch them when I got home. I also have a favorite player of all time. Kobe Bryant. Say what you want about this guy (and some of the bad things rightfully so) but put a basketball in this dude’s hands and he was the definition of entertainment. I study the game, I have all of MJ’s games and highlights on DVD, I am aware of it all. I know who George Mikan was, that Bob Cousy broke his right arm as kid and had to learn to dribble with his left, that Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell used to go out to dinner before games, that Kareem was Lew Alcindor and that his hook shot couldn’t be stopped (minus some footage I have seen of Wilt blocking the crap out of it), that Magic and Larry Bird owned the league, that Shaq played by his own rules…NBA history is my thing.
MJ IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. If you disagree, come over to my house and let’s watch some film together. But Kobe is my favorite player of all time. Pick up a ball of paper and shoot it into the trash can. You gonna yell “MJ”? Didn’t think so.
As a member of “Team Kobe” I am required to have opinions of the man that is LeBron James. My opinions on this man are as follows:
HE IS A REALLY GOOD GUY. Like a REALLY REALLY GOOD GUY. He married his high school sweetheart and has 3 kids with her. He started a school (I Promise School) to help struggling elementary students stay in school. HE STARTED A SCHOOL. This guy is a good guy.
LeBron messed up with the “Decision”. *For those who don’t know what this was, follow this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decision_(TV_program) Dumbest thing LeBron has ever done. No one actually cared that he left Cleveland. It was the way he did it.
LeBron James lacks the assassin’s mentality that MJ and Kobe had. There have been moments in his career where he just disappeared. (then again, MJ once disappeared onto a baseball diamond?). When LeBron decides to take over a game, he is virtually unstoppable. But he is too nice to do that every game.
Statistically, this man has accomplished it all. MVPs, Championships, All-Star Awards, AP Male Athlete of the Year (AGAIN). He is #5 on the NBA’s all-time career scoring list and it can be pretty justifiably argued that getting buckets isn’t even Lebron’s greatest basketball skill. He is #11 all-time in assists, #56 in rebounds, #16 in steals, and #6 in triple doubles. And he still as at least 5 more years left in the tank if he chooses to play that long. If you are going to rate players based on stats alone, LeBron James hold his own against ANYONE.
LeBron has played in 8 NBA finals in a row. We literally call it the LeBron Finals Era.
LeBron came back to Cleveland and lead a group of actual nobodies to an NBA Title. That is fact. Literally no one can name a single other person on that team.
If you come to the conclusion that LeBron James is the greatest basketball player of all-time, I can’t argue with you. You can shout out legitimate reasons just as fast I can for MJ. BUT… just know…MJ was born to play basketball. And I will always think LeBron played the wrong sport (look up LeBron’s High School football stats).
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