My last post was a bit on the depressive side, but there are a few good things that have been going on in my life.
On this post, I want to talk about one of those good things: Walter Camp’s Daily Dozen Workout.
Admittedly, this is not my main workout. My main workout is the old Canadian Air Force program with some Taekwondo moves. The objective of my workout is to simply keep on moving up on the levels until I arrive to a point that my maximum fitness level has been reached. In that case, I can simply workout three days a week, 15-20 minutes a day to maintain that level.
This is something I still plan to do for the rest of my life.
As I have written before one day my Father wanted me to go shopping with him and I didn’t have time to do my actual workout, so I tried the Daily Dozen. That was the day I was surprised how a short but easy set of exercises energized my entire day.
At first I was only planning to use the Dozen once in a while. However, the Daily Dozen has been become more of a . . . . daily routine. Many times I would do the Daily Dozen and still get that rush of energy that I experienced the first time I tried it.
At this point, I am a firm convert of the Daily Dozen and will make this exercise set a daily habit no matter what. What I mean by this is I will still do my regular workout, but make sure to include the Dozen in my daily practice. Maybe in the future I will do P90X, but will still do the Daily Dozen. Maybe in the future, I will take up ballet, but I will still do the Dozen. Maybe I will go into competition wushu, but I won’t neglect the Daily Dozen. Maybe if I decide to stop working out and act like a beach bum, I will still do the Dozen.
Part of the reason why I cannot stop raving about the Daily Dozen is because of the issues I faced with in my past. Back in Korea I had a crazy American teacher who kept on trying to micromanage every part of my life. I also had this professor who obsessed over a social club and expected me to do the same. I hardly write about her, but I also had this American girlfriend who tried to pull me into her constant drama to point that she wanted me to fight her ex-boyfriend. Sometime before and during my sister’s (Hindu) wedding I was pulled into basically help set up and help at the ceremonies which meant little time for anything else. Later I was working at an office job that took up 60+ hours a week. Part of my hours was because management wanted to “reward” my diligence with more work and the other part was that rival would try to sabotage my job so that I stay in the office a lot longer.
Had I have known about Walter Camp’s Daily Dozen workout, most of those problems would have been easier to handle. I probably wouldn’t have been an athlete from doing these exercises alone but I would at least be able to improve my heath a little bit at a time. Furthermore, I would have been able to prevent any degeneration that comes from lack of exercise. Also with the workout, I would have been able to boost both my energy and endorphin level which means I would be so damn happy that both the American teacher and my (now) ex-girlfriend would be irritated. After all, they weren’t happy people and they wanted me to be miserable. Part of the reason why I drank so much in Korea was because I felt powerless to control or live my own life. Doing the Daily Dozen would not have make me a teetotaler, but I wouldn’t have drank so much.
This exercise set is going to be my new secret weapon.
Over the course of the year or more, I am going to explore different ways to maximize more use of the Daily Dozen.
Walter Camp, for example, says it’s ideal to do this exercise set three times a day: morning, noon, and evening. Once school starts, I can guarantee morning when I get up and afternoon after my last class. Midday, not so much.
Speaking of which, I have to read his book, Keeping Fit All the Way, in its entirety as he writes more supplemental exercises to the Daily Dozen.
There are some other ideas that come to mind.
One of them being doing the Daily Dozen in three to seven sets in succession. After I do the Dozen, take a minute to rest and then do the Dozen again.
Starting Sunday, I am going to test this one idea. I am going to do the Daily Dozen with this month-long plank workout shown in this video:
Hopefully, I can report some good results out of this.
Before I end this post, I’d like you to click on these links and learn the Daily Dozen so that you can make my secret weapons yours as well:
And don’t forget, here.