Red Belt Challenge: Day 3


Synopsis of the Day

Today was a decent day. For those of you who know, I am a student at the University of Washington. There was a German test facing me this morning. I was a little stressed. To calm my nerves before hunkering down for the last minute study session, I walked the stairwell up to the top.

Studies have shown that intense cardiovascular exercise releases endorphins, lowers stress levels and slows cognitive decline.

Heart racing and blood pumping I felt ready to hit the books. Oddly, that stairwell is becoming my friend.

Here is how the day breaks down:

  • Backpack 25 lbs
  • Climbed 478 stair steps (with pack on)
  • Walked 3.02 miles (with pack on)
  • Fasted for 18 ½ hours
  • 1/2 hour Taijutsu training
  • 25 deep squats (all the way to the floor)



My knees along with my lower back are a bit sore. Carrying a heavy backpack can aggravate the healed fracture there. Some tiger balm tonight should do the trick.

Over the past few days, there is one thing I have failed to do, stretch. Stretching is essential when working your muscles hard. It keeps things limber and loose. Remaining flexible is vital moving forward with pushing your physical limits.


Do you remember to stretch?





Thank you for reading.

J. R. Lowe

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