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“Running is bad for your knees”


It always amazed me at how two-faced our society is. On one hand, everyone is talking about exercise and healthy living/eating/etc, while on the other they’re criticizing and discouraging anyone who actually decided to follow the advices everyone is so full of.

The first one I always hear is:

running is bad for your knees, you’ll have trouble later if your running on pavement/dirt/at all.

Sadly, this is often the most encouraging thing people can say once they learned that someone decided to start exercising and already went for a few runs. There is often no alternative suggested, beside the one where you go for a beer with them instead.

I imagine the world is full similar excuses for other sports and this is not limited to running.

The second one, that I love is that once I start thinking about the food I eat. Mind you, just thinking and wondering what’s healthy. The answer is usually:

you have to eat meat and diary products because otherwise you’ll get malnutrition and sick

once again, coming from the people who survive their days on pizza and fried steaks, as you suggest that maybe having a more vegetable rich lunch might be a good idea (and I’m not talking about salads). Based on my anecdotal experience, the abuse received from conformist eaters must the be the hardest part of such diet.

Feel free to comment with the excuses you hear for not doing something that is good for you.

Are you flying? Something WILL go wrong

I’m typing this from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, as the final leg of my two week 7 planes journey. it went suprsingly well, except for a couple of minor disaster on the way, as it happens usually on all my flights.

What went wrong this time, you ask? When I tried to check-in they told me, I’m not in the system. Further running around the airport showed that someone from my air career canceled my flight ticket back, on the day I started my trip to New York (about two weeks), for a ticket that was bought one month earlier.

Image by Matt Biddulph via Flickr

Luckily this time, it just meant that I had to pay 100€ to get myself back on the plane, together with one hour adrenaline rush to figure out correct bureaucratic process just to do that.

This is not the first time something like this happened to me, basically every time I fly I can expact that something will happen, usually not catastrophic but annoying and very time consuming. They’ll figure out something is wrong with the ticket, need some extra money, want to shift your plane route, etc.

The advice in this case is really simple, and something that saved me many times my flight:

Be at the Airport at least 3 hours early.

Airports have great coffee shops and bookstores and extra adrenaline rush is not worth your youth.

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