Life Is Sweaty

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherLife is sweaty, Modern Philosophers, and I urge you to wear that sweat like a stinky badge of honor!

Personal wellness is important.  If you are healthy and fit, you will be around longer to enjoy the fun things in life.  Believe it or not, some of those activities are sweaty, too.

So embrace you inner sweat hog, and aspire to perspire!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a running and fitness post, so I thought I’d take advantage of this beautiful Maine afternoon, to sit out on the porch and type one.

After all, I deserve a little relaxation after my morning.

You guessed it.  It was quite sweaty.

As usual, I kicked off my day with a run.  The plan was to hit the road for 45 minutes and then come home to mow the lawn before it got too hot.

Since my homeowner’s biathlon was on the agenda, I didn’t want to push it too hard on my run.  I knew I would need some fuel in the tank to tackle the Great Lawn and the Back Lawn of The House on the Hill.

Just like I do with my writing, though, I ignored the outline and just made it up as I went along.  It was such a gorgeous morning, and I was in such a great mood, that I decided to push myself even further.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherAs a result, my run was almost an hour.

There was so much sweat, but I had planned ahead and had a towel and a bottle of water waiting for me.

I cleaned up, changed my sneakers (one doesn’t mow the lawn in one’s running sneakers!), and took some time to hydrate and recharge my batteries.

Usually, I’m pretty wiped after an hour of running, but since I had set a slower pace with phase two of the biathlon in mind, I still had enough energy to do battle with the lawn.  Which was a good thing because I went a little crazy with the landscaping.

My home is called The House on the Hill for a reason, and maneuvering the lawn mower on that hill is quite the workout.  Even more so, on a sunny July day.  My lawn grows so quickly because it gets plenty of sunlight.  That very same sunlight made sure that my sweat glands were working overtime.

I mowed the Great Lawn.  Then I had to attack the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street.  That, too, is on a hill.  The challenge here, though, was that the city snowplow tore it to hell this winter, and my mower did not have its usual clear path.

I really had to work to get the mower to do my bidding, and in the end, it was clear I was doing the bidding of the mower.

Regardless, the grass got trimmed.

Then I did the backyard.  At one point, the blades became so clogged with wet grass that I had to turn the mower on its side, and perform a double grassectomy on the blades.

For some reason, after all that was done, I decided the bush on the front lawn needed the Edward Scissorhands treatment.  So I got out the hedge clippers, and did my best to turn that big, green mess into a mighty T Rex.

That led to this tweet…

I imagine no one has liked my tweet yet because they feel my pain!

I was soaked in sweat.  My shirt was drenched.  So much sweat dripped off my face, that I had to issue a flood warning for my chest.

My new sweat equation after this morning:

30 minutes of Landscaping > 60 minutes of Running

I had 15,000 steps on my FitBit before noon.  That means that even if I remained completely still for the rest of the day, I’d still be 50% over the daily goal my FitBit demands of me.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherWhile I was a stinky, smelly mess, I felt very accomplished.

Motivation through perspiration works for me because I have accepted that life is sweaty.

I’ve never been a fan of yard work, but when it adds to the step count, it’s much more tolerable.  Plus, I find it amusing that my FitBit thinks I’m riding a bike or engaged in something it refers to as “outdoor activity” when I mow the lawn.

An added bonus to all this, is that as I sit out here typing my blog post about my sweaty adventures, I’ve got a wonderful view because someone did a great job on the lawn!

What are you doing to generate sweat today?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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16 Responses to Life Is Sweaty

  1. howardat58 says:

    Plant some ferns !

  2. Jeff Cann says:

    I like to procrastinate my run until the hottest part of the day. I’ll be leaving the house soon and I’m sweating just thinking about it.

  3. markbialczak says:

    My dear wife Karen and I walked our dog yesterday, Austin. It was a fine day for that here in the ‘burbs of Syracuse. In the evening, I was on my feet a good amount of time at an outdoor music show. Does standing in place and moving to music count?
    Today I will tackle our lawn, and walk the pooch again, too.

  4. lydiaschoch says:

    Wow, you got a good workout in there.

    What do you do about sunscreen on days like that one? Do you apply it once? Regularly? Not at all?

    • Austin says:

      Sadly, I do not wear sunscreen. In my defense, I run early before the sun is at its worst. I was out at about 6AM this morning, and it was overcast, with a great breeze coming in off the river…

  5. AAristizabal says:

    I will be training pilates. I love to stretch (and no sunscreen necessary for the task, as it is held indoors!)!

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