When is the Best Time to Plant a Tree, or to Fix Your Heart?

As a quick follow up to my larger post on resting heart rate, fitness and heart health, a little story.

During this Lung  Pao Sicken scare I’ve moved from working at the office to 100% remote. This comes with upsides and downsides, but I’m learning to adjust.

One of the great problems of the Kung Flu is that it has the schools closed, which means the boys have 7 hours a day which need to be filled. And as the Flu Manchu also has pretty much every activity which might be used to occupy them closed, that leaves them confined to quarters with ol’ Daddy. Who has to work.

So at lunch we took a nice long walk in the warm early spring sunshine and along the way I was regaling the boys with tales of my misspent youth. A youth spent training hard and playing hard, leaving me with some fairly serious joint problems and advancing osteoarthritis.

On the other hand, it also left me with a baseline fitness level that puts your average 30 year old to shame, along with a healthy heart and low resting heart rate.

All this, in turn, got me to thinking about the best time to get in shape for heart health. It’s the same time as the best time to plant a tree…30 years ago.

Of course, the second half of that quote about planting trees also holds true for fitness. The second best time to get in shape (or plant a tree) is right now.

So get up off the couch and drop and give me 20.

That would be 20 push ups, for those of you who missed the reference.