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Last Monday (1/18) was the first Keeping Your Sanity.  Welcome to the second.  You’ve been seeing that airline in-flight safety announcement for years now, with the warning to put on your own oxygen mask first before helping your child or anyone else with theirs.

We all know why – because if you don’t have oxygen you’ll go unconscious and can’t help anyone; in fact, you’ll hurt them, especially your children, as now they’ll go unconscious too.

This has become so much of a metaphor now there are several self-help books on Amazon with the same title: Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First.

I say this due to my lack of clarity in last Friday’s HFR, when I said, “Focus first not on how to save America but save yourself and loved ones.”

Little wonder TTPers were upset at me.  For instance, Yasuhiko:

“Jack, while this is a prudent commonsense advice, if the Founders had not risked their lives and fortunes in signing the Declaration of Independence, there would not have been the United States of America.”

Absolutely true.  My fault for not being more clear, for I meant saving yourself and loved ones in the airplane oxygen mask sense.  For if you don’t, you’ll be in no adequate position to be in the fight to save America.

You have to be fit and prepared, mentally, physically, and spiritually for such a date with destiny.  Last week was a mental preparation, that of living in gratitude for the blessings of your existence.  This week we’re going to get physical.

Which, of course, needs a caveat.  I’m going to talk about what I do to keep myself in good physical condition, and I am not you.  Each of us is different, so if you find anything I say possibly useful, please carefully adapt it to your own circumstances.

So here we go.  I work out pretty hard six days a week, Saturday through Thursday.  My day off is Friday – for writing the HFR is an all-day affair!

I work out at home, and learned long ago that the only time to work out is dawn’s early light.  If I don’t, promising to work out later, it never happens.  I also learned to keep a chart, recording every exercise of every workout every six days.  Immediately upon finish I fill it out.  Believe me, if you skip a day, skip an exercise, the blank space in the chart will stare back at you in admonishment.

Now, I’m 77 with three messed-up lumbar discs, so I’ve got to be careful.  I’m going for lean muscular definition, meaning medium resistance with lots of reps from different angles.  Each workout is about 30 minutes. My schedule is:

Saturday & Tuesday: Abs, Legs, Forearms, “Minor” Arms/Shoulders.

For Abs with my bad back, safest is with a Captain’s Chair.  You have to lift your knees as high as you can.  So far, I do five sets in succession of 30-25-20-15-10 for 100 total.

For Legs, safest is careful butt-to-the-ground squats, 100 non-stop at a time, same with toes-on-the-stairs calf raises.

For Forearms, 2 sets/40 reps of both posterior and anterior with a Sportneer Forearm Exerciser. As I do one arm, in my other hand, I squeeze a gel ball with each rep for my grip.

For minor bicep and shoulder muscles, a variety of angles with a light resistance band.  For triceps, front and back incline pushups off a bannister or table.

Sunday & Wednesday:  Time to get serious with Bodylastics Resistance Bands, heavy band with a door anchor.  2 sets/25-40 reps, different angles for upper back, pecs, lats, traps, delts, biceps, triceps.

Monday & Thursday: Aerobics.  HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training: short 30-second bursts of going all out, then slow for a minute, then repeat, repeat, repeat for 10 to 20 minutes.  You can do this jogging outside, but I prefer inside on a mini-trampoline.  Wow.  15 minutes of this is far better than an hour of jogging.  Afterwards, I do another minor arm/shoulder muscle round.

That’s it in a nutshell.  I know there are TTPers out there who know more about working out than me, so feel fully free to let me know what you think, and/or what works for you.  I’m anxious to learn!

The important point here is to get yourself physically prepared for the Struggle for Freedom, the Battle to Restore America from the lying, cheating, fascist thieves who’ve stolen it.  It’s one sure way of Keeping Your Sanity.  Next week we’ll discuss another.