Are you familiar with the term principle of specificity?
This principle basically states that just because I can easily walk 100 miles in a 31 days doesn’t mean that I don’t huff and puff and grunt as soon as I get on my bike. Seriously, why is biking so hard?! Charlottesville’s notorious rolling landscape doesn’t help matters. I’ve never been very good with gears, using them appropriately would probably help me out a little. 😉
While the principle of specificity states that to improve in an activity or skill you must do that activity or skill there is definitely a cross-over effect.
I guess all that yoga and kettlebell training is paying off because I was happily surprised to find myself completing 15 full push ups with ease this morning (you know, behind my desk at the clinic).
Push ups have always been challenging for me and I’ve never gotten passed 20 full ones before my form gives in. So what’s the take-home here? Train to play but know that every activity you do contributes to your overall (graceful) fitness. Like walking!
As you probably have gathered, I love cooking, developing recipes, gardening, grocery shopping, and pretty much everything revolving around food. What you may not know is that there are very few things that I cook that I am really, truly proud to share. This isn’t because most of what I eat is bad, it’s just…simple. I love to dine on giant bowls of steamed veggies sprinkled with cayenne pepper and aminos. And yes, I kind of rate a meal based on it’s fiber content. 😉 Even when my food is not simple it isn’t nearly as rich or sweet or salty or fatty as the many peoples palates are used too.
I just received an invitation (via e-mail) to be part of a recipe exchange. My first thought was “OH how fun, this is right up my alley!”, followed up quickly with “I have NO CLUE what to share!”. The guidelines are to send along a recipe that is “quick, easy, and without rare ingredients”. Hmmmm, are lentil sprouts (my latest kick) “rare”?
I’m at a loss! 🙁
This shouldn’t be so hard for someone who cooks 3+ times a day!
I’ll see you later, I’ve got some recipe sorting to do.