Tuesday, February 17, 2009

. e x e r c i s e .

since i've been in beijing ... i've been pretty sedentary. i've been using the weather as an excuse. granted ... it's been cold ... but excuses are for pussies.

so ... i started exercising two days ago. i was super excited to finally get off of my ass and do a little running. i ran for about forty minutes. it was unusually difficult for me to breathe when i ran ... and when i finished ... i felt some burning in my lungs. i had some black boogers ... which i haven't had since i stopped smoking.

i decided to do a little research today on why all of that was happening to me ... and i came across this bbc article ...

a r i c l e .

you don't need to read the entire thing if you don't want to ... but the quote that got to me was that in beijing ... 'athletes can take in up to twenty times more oxygen than sedentary people and thus twenty times as much pollution.'

also ... '110 people out of every 100,000 die from chronic respiratory diseases in china ... compared to a level of 72 per 100,000 in the united kingdom.'

so ... i'm wondering if the healthiest alternative for my existence in china is sitting on my ass. there has never been a better excuse to do absolutely nothing. so nothing is what i'll do ... if 'doing nothing' isn't an oxymoron.

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