This was taken at Kissena Park, located in Flushing, New York. Flushing is a known Asian enclave in Queens.
It was my break, so I entered the park with the camera looking around, and an elderly Asian man waved me over to the bench. He smiled, and we briefly chatted. In summary, he loved Flushing and only lived two blocks away from the park -this place was his solace.
It was funny because a few minutes later, after exchanging our pleasantries and goodbyes, I encountered a homeless man who said “I was gay.” They say to keep your head on a bobble in NY, and then when you do, such proclamations are made.
THE SELF-PROCLAIMED MAYOR OF MY TOWN, NAME UNKNOWN.
The jovial, elderly man above is a man that walks around my town -and does so consistently. There’s a spirit about him that makes one happy when they see him -I get happy. As a joke, he proclaimed that he was the mayor of the town and the other thing he claims is his happiness. I’ve never seen him down.
Whether sitting in the park or walking on a sidewalk, I am in charge of my happiness, no one else. Someone saw how happy I was and even called me gay.
1) One interesting (and, for me, reassuring) detail: Strength training in a gym and doing body weight exercises seemed to confer roughly equivalent benefits. So you don’t necessarily need to heave around large quantities of iron.
2) There’s some evidence that strength training may reduce blood pressure but increase artery stiffness, effectively canceling out the heart benefits. This study can’t answer that question, but the findings do suggest that ditching aerobic exercise entirely may not be optimal. And indeed, the best outcomes of all—a 29 percent reduction in mortality risk during the study—accrued to those who met both the aerobic and strength-training guidelines.
3) That said, I recently wrote about a study in which runners received automated online advice to help them avoid injuries. The advice seemed painfully obvious: Listen to your body, don’t increase pace and volume too suddenly, and so on. But it worked. Injuries were reduced by 13.1 percent. That’s more or less what I’m hoping for by writing this piece, for all of us: that a reminder of something obvious, bolstered by fresh evidence, will help me continue to do what I know I should.