I’m another week into the Tabata workouts. This workout thoroughly kicks my ass every time I do it. I can’t remember the last thing that consistently made me so sweaty in under a half hour. I follow this pattern:

  • 4 iterations of 20 seconds workout, 10 second rest
  • 30 second rest after 4th iteration
  • 3 minute 10 second rest after going through all 5 exercises
  • Repeat the pattern for a second round

Due to the stress my selected exercises put on my legs, I’ve switched the order up so I’m not in utter pain by workout’s end:

  • Burpees (get the hardest out of the way first)
  • Push ups (to give my legs time to rest for the remainder of the circuit)
  • Jumping jacks
  • Squats
  • Planks (also takes stress off legs, and puts it on my core)

My goal has been to do this 3x a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and one of the weekend days. However these exercises combined with my other weekly activities are remarkably draining. I can usually get 2 in a week, but that third is really pushing things.

 


 

In other news, I’ve decided to get rid of social media accounts. Again. I nuked my second Reddit account, and by the grace of God I will never create another one. I tried killing my Instagram but because it’s connected to Facebook it doesn’t know how to handle the fact my account doesn’t technically have its own password. I’m waiting on Twitter to send me an archive of my tweets and data, then I’m gonna see how long I can handle that being gone. I tried to close my Twitch account but because I’m Affiliate on there there’s some wacky offboarding procedure I need to go through and it’s not worth my time. LinkedIn isn’t even a distraction to me. I’m keeping Facebook because I use that for finding events around town, plus I’m not sure I’d be comfortable getting rid of that just yet. I’ve switched to mainly using Messenger. I have a Chrome extension (F.B. Purity) that has a feature which is supposed to completely blank out my news feed, but that doesn’t seem to work. I’ve removed Snapchat and Instagram from my phone for the thousandth time each.

Every day we’re inundated with thousands upon thousands of bids for our attention. An endless feed of tweets, Facebook statuses, Reddit posts, Instagram likes, ads and modals asking you to subscribe. This cannot be good for mental health. I firmly believe most of us areĀ not designed to handle such an onslaught of messages and “Hey look at me!” I wonder how much of this endless exposure makes me, ironically, retreat more into my head instead of trying to connect with others and the reality around me.

Us humans have what’s called the default mode network. Basically when you’re not focusing on something you go into a state where you’re daydreaming, letting your mind wander, consolidating thoughts, and generally reflecting on your life. This is important for developing and maintaining a sense of self-identity. When you don’t have the chance to do that, it messes with you in all sorts of ways. How much of the anxiety reported by Millennials and Generation Z is the result of us just not getting some quiet time by ourselves?