⛰️ Redemption hike

Today’s email is coming to you a little late as I was out the door this morning at 4:15a.

Why it matters: I want to share one of the keys in my journey back to fitness after being in the worst shape of my life in 2020.

  • I do have a related tip for Smart Homeowners if you want to skip the story and scroll to the end. 😊

This is me at 7:46a this morning at The Devil’s Playground on Pike’s Peak.

  • My son and I made it there in 2 hours. We made the summit in under 4 hours.
  • In 2020, it took our group 6 hours to get to that spot — because of me.

That was also the end of the line for me.

  • While the rest of the group made it to the summit, I made my pitiful decent to the tree line to try to keep from passing out.

🔬 Zoom in: Here’s one of my key practices that prepared me for today’s “redemption hike.”

  • Loaded carries —> A loaded carry is simply walking with weight.

Two variations:

👉 Farmer carries/single arm carries —> Pick up something heavy in one or both hands and walk with it.

👉 Rucking —> Load weight in a backpack and go on a walk or hike.

🖼️ The big picture: Carrying any weight for any amount of time will help you build your work capacity.

  • The higher our work capacity, the more we will be able to do for ourselves as we age.
  • The more we can do for ourselves, the longer we can live and thrive in our homes.

✅ For your Smart Homeowner list

  • Do short loaded carries at home or the gym. Just pick up something heavy that you can carry for 1 minute.
  • Do longer loaded carries by putting weight in a backpack and going on a walk 3 times a week.



P.S. Watch this short clip of Dr. Peter Attia talking about Farmer Carries. And this clip on rucking.

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