One of the things I love about my daily morning trysts on the Seminole Wekiva Trail are the awesome and inspirational people I encounter. They come in all shapes sizes and ages, and most move their assets on a daily basis.
So there’s this one guy I see every single morning on his bicycle and he always waves hello with a great smile from ear to ear. I never get to talk to him because he moves at lightning speed like the freakin’ Road Runner.
The remarkable thing is that I’ve never once seen him put his hands on the handle bars, not once. He rides with his arms folded in front of him and in a totally perfect and upright posture.
He does move one arm, however, to wave as he says, “Good morning” to everyone who passes by. In the colder months he actually keeps his hands in his jacket pocket (takes one out to wave hello, of course).
I love and hate this “no-handed” biking at the same time. I love it because you get to practice a beautiful upright posture instead of mimicking that hunched-over-the-computer posture that I’m trying to get you away from.
I hate it because it scares the crap out of me. You know me–having a balance problem and all (and you can read a lot more about that in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!) so I can’t help but get a little verdreht (perplexed) when I see this “unarmed” man!
Who is that unarmed man?
Finally for the first time ever, I was able to approach this unarmed bicyclist because he was unparking from the bike rack on the Trail by Panera Bread and he was actually using his hands to unpark his bike. And you know me: any chance for a book or blog interview and I move my assets right in there.
So I introduced myself as The Asset Queen, told him about my Better Butts by Beth asset-moving business, my book, yada yada yada and assured him that I am not a stalker and simply enjoy hearing stories from avid asset movers. Here he is:
And here’s what I learned about this man in less than 5 minutes:
- His name is Dexter (not to be confused with the infamous vigilante serial killer from the Showtime series).
- He is a really nice and pleasant guy and enjoyed sharing his story.
- He is 70 years old. ( I thought he was about 60.)
- He had a heart attack at 65!
“My heart attack in April 2008 was a ‘stealth’ attack that easily could have killed me,” Dex told me. “I got really lucky we caught it because all I had was a bit of unusual left shoulder pain. The surgeon told me in the O/R that I had lost 10-15% of my heart muscle.”
And how is Dex today — 5 years later? “My cardio doctor says I’ve built my heart back up to pretty close to 100%. He can tell from the blood work. Amazing.”
Amazing is right! But wait there’s more:
- He bikes 9 miles 5 days a week.
- He was a runner for years, before he had his heart attack, so asset moving is not new to him.
- He has a balance problem…HUH??
This latter fact was prompted my comment, “I admire that you can ride a bicycle and never touch the handles. I have a balance problem and it’s difficult enough for me to simply ride a bicycle.”
His reply: “I have a balance problem, too!”
Obviously bewildered I replied, WTF!! Just kidding, I wasn’t that blunt, but I did ask, “Are you freakin’ kidding me?”
He went on to say that he finds it difficult to walk on uneven surfaces (and you already know that sandy beaches are not my friend) and that roller blading and unarmed cycling really help him.
I find both those forms of asset moving very uncomfortable and avoid them like the plague. I guess I’m just a wimp when it comes to certain things and even though practice makes perfect the chances of me attempting to bike ride armless or roller blade are extremely slim.
“I have always faced my adversities head on,” Dex told me, “so rollerblading and riding no-hands just fit right in. Even though I cannot walk on a railroad track at all. <grin>”
You already know my motto: “The best exercise is the one you’ll do and enjoy…the one that brings out your inner asset queen.” And I have a plethora of favorites that bring her out so tell Dexter not to expect me to join him any time soon; a passing wave on the trail will suffice.
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Please do not miss the fact that Dexter continues his asset moving (now 9) years after his heart attack, with his doctors permission of course, and his doctors say his heart is back to “pretty close to 100%”! Wow!
As I explain so eloquently in the section of my book called, “Why should I move my assets, when they don’t want to move?” asset movers have a much better chance of surviving as well as getting a new lease on life than asset sitters do.
Case in point, the Man ee ac (my 90-year-old dad who had a visit with the Grim Reaper at 65.) Yes, you will read more about him in my book, along with many other fascinating asset movers!
Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com