Take Control And Put The Wind In Your Sails

13 Aug
by Phillip Tomlinson 


Of course you want to be in control. 

When have you not wanted to be in control? 

It’s your life, isn’t it? 

Why would you cede control if you didn’t have to? 

Quite frankly, it’s the reason you get mighty ticked off when you’re, say, watching your favorite TV show and, right when you would have it no other way, the cable goes south on you. 

Tell me about it!  I’ve had that feeling many times. 

That’s why I’m sure, like me, you can admire and root for the guy who takes control and refuses to give an inch. 

And I’m not just thinking of any guy here, because there’s always that one guy who keeps popping into my head every time I need a reminder that complaining is the lazy way out.  It’s a flashback all the way to more than 10 years ago in little town you may have heard of.  

Lake Placid, New York.  

Just as I thought: you’ve heard of it.  Who hasn’t heard of “The Miracle on Ice.”  

Well, that’s where I found myself on a Sunday.  In that Olympic town of Miracle-on-Ice fame watching one of the most grueling of races:  the triathlon. 

A 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26 mile marathon in that order.   

Makes some people nauseous just thinking of this.  But let’s not forget our guy who over the years revisits my thoughts.  In this Olympic miracle town, he was Mr. Miracle in the surf, Mr. Miracle on two wheels and, yes, Mr. Miracle on asphalt.  It was this last leg — and the operative word is leg — that gave me goose bumps. 

This guy was definitely not running as fast as his fellow competitors.  Far from it.  But he was running.  With every grimace on his contorted face.  Running on one leg.  And a medieval plastic prosthetic where his other leg had been!  All the more impressive when some of his two-legged counterparts had been reduced to walking — hands akimbo, their face almost touching the pavement. 

Talk about wresting control in the most drastic of ways! 

How badly do you want control? 

I know you do.  We all do. 

Here’s the thing:  You don’t have to do a triathlon.  You can walk.  But not just any walk. 

If you have 10 minutes to spare, I’ll show you a little routine that could actually turn up big for you in the control department.  It’s called the hand walk and, yes, you’ll need your legs too, but it could turn out to  be a bit of a miracle in building stability in your shoulders, arms, and core while lengthening your hamstrings, calves and lower back muscles. 

So, come, let’s walk the walk in the BodinSync Prescription below: 




  1. Stand straight with your feet together.  THIS IS YOUR STARTING POSITION.
  2. Stoop down and place your palms on the floor in front of your feet.  You may need to adjust the distance between your feet and your hands according to the flexibility in your hamstrings.
  3. Straighten your legs while keeping your palms flat against the floor as in diagram 1. 

    Diagram 1

    Hold for a second or so. (This is where you may need to make that adjustment between your hands and feet.) 

  4. Keeping your legs straight and your stomach as flat as possible, walk your hands out pass normal pushup position until your body is straight and your arms are out in front of you (see diagram 2 with arrow)  instead of underneath you. 

    Diagram 2

    Pause.  ( You may increase the degree of difficulty by raising one leg slightly off the floor, putting it back and doing the same with the other leg.) 


  5. walk your arms slightly back, positioning them under your shoulders.  Do a pushup.
  6. Keeping your legs and body straight, reverse the walking motion by walking your feet back up to your hands, all the while using very short ankle steps without the aid of your quads, knees or hips.
  7. Stand back up.  THAT’S ONE REPETITION.  Do 10.


NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to  nattydregs@aol.com to arrange for a free trial class.


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