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1 mile run
50 pullups
75 pushups
150 squats

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Daily Extras - 3 sets of:

75 stab crunches
rest 30 sec.

Workout Notes:

  1. It is NOT unreasonable to imagine we'd all measure a portion of our fitness by this workout. IMHO everyone on Earth should know their "Fitzoner" time.
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Musings ...

The Nobel Truths of Buddhism

I've found there is a lot of carryover between fitness and religion. To be clear, I no longer believe in the dogma of fitness. Fitness is NOT religion. You cannot be "blessed" by the Gods of fitness with better health and a nicer looking, more functional body. You have to work for it, every inch of it. And no amount of praying, hoping or obedience to some methodology, no matter how earnest or humble your supplication, will grant you the health and fitness you desire. It can only be achieved by the sweat of your brow and the temperance of your cravings.

However, it's not lost on me that there are a lot of parallels between fitness and religion. There would be too. Folks who are concerned with living a happier, richer and fuller lives understand that there is a very direct line of contact between their spiritual and physical selves. To ignore the one is to ignore all aspects of health, for one cannot achieve health without balance.

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This is why it was so intriguing to have stumbled onto the Four Nobel Truths of Buddhism. I see a LOT of transfer between being a successful GPPeep and being a successful Buddhist, so I thought I'd share what I found.

What is the First Noble Truth? (from

The first truth is that life is suffering i.e., life includes pain, getting old, disease, and ultimately death. We also endure psychological suffering like loneliness frustration, fear, embarrassment, disappointment and anger. This is an irrefutable fact that cannot be denied. It is realistic rather than pessimistic because pessimism is expecting things to be bad. lnstead, Buddhism explains how suffering can be avoided and how we can be truly happy.

What is the Second Noble Truth?

The second truth is that suffering is caused by craving and aversion. We will suffer if we expect other people to conform to our expectation, if we want others to like us, if we do not get something we want, etc. In other words, getting what you want does not guarantee happiness. Rather than constantly struggling to get what you want, try to modify your wanting. Wanting deprives us of contentment and happiness. A lifetime of wanting and craving and especially the craving to continue to exist, creates a powerful energy which causes the individual to be born. So craving leads to physical suffering because it causes us to be reborn.

What is the Third Noble Truth?

The third truth is that suffering can be overcome and happiness can be attained; that true happiness and contentment are possible. lf we give up useless craving and learn to live each day at a time (not dwelling in the past or the imagined future) then we can become happy and free. We then have more time and energy to help others. This is Nirvana.

What is the Fourth Noble Truth?

The fourth truth is that the Noble 8-fold Path is the path which leads to the end of suffering.

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