Email #5: New Physical Activity

Hello _____!

This is the fifth email in an fifteen-part series on dealing with the stress of being arrested. It is not specifically related to your case.

Five years ago, at age 44, I started running on a treadmill in my garage for fifteen minutes every morning. The total distance? One mile. And I walk some of that! Even that short distance/time has improved my life dramatically. I am in a better mood throughout the day and have more energy. During the run, I'll listen to a podcast and come up with ideas to improve work and life in general. Running has become a daily routine.

Running allows the body to produce a marijuana-like substance that improves your mood.

And the Marijuana-like substance is not a violation of your bond conditions or probation!

Are you ready to start? Here's a great article on How to Start Running. There is also a highly rated app, Couch Potato to 5k, that helps beginners.

But wait, there's more! What if I told you that it will also benefit your case?

If we can prove to the prosecutor that you started a new physical activity (with a certificate of completion or letter from a trainer) I promise to get you credit on the ultimate outcome of the case. It could be less fines, less community service, less probation, or hopefully, something more significant. In other words, I will make certain that your hard work pays off.

The only trick is that we need to prove that you did the new activity. We can't just tell the prosecutor that you did it and expect them to believe us. We need documentation. Luckily, there are many types of activities that provide a certificate or similar verification. Or, we can get a letter from your trainer/coach.

Ideally, the physical activity would be based on a program/season that has a beginning and an ending. A bootcamp would be fantastic!

Joining a league or group that has scheduled meetings or games is a great way to start a routine. I recently joined an Austin run group, Rogue Running. However, the activity can be anything: kickball, yoga, spin, volleyball, softball, pilates, etc.

Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.

Bonus: This is a great podcast about mastering productivity, discipline, and focus.

Challenge: Send us a picture of you starting a new physical activity!

Challenge #2: No sodas or sweetened drinks for 30 days. Only drink water or (lightly flavored) sparkling water. Ok, Ok... Coffee (with no sugar) is acceptable.

I hope you find this useful. As always, call us if you have any questions.