Finished the last mile at a faster pace down to 5K in the last quarter.
Some more Dr. Van Aaken commentary:
Nowadays, we talk about "diseases of civilization" as something obvious and acceptable, and it's hard not to notice the undertone of rationalization for our own sins against healthy living. We’ve discovered a whipping boy to take the blame for damage caused by filthy air, water pollution, lack of sunlight, noise damage, the flood of sense stimulation, speed craze in traffic, movement laziness, tobacco addictions, dietary damage and greed, chronic over-fatigue, nervousness, alcoholism, dope addiction and today’s most visible catastrophe, coronary infarct and cancer.
All the above-named damages can be boiled down to three basic causes: 1) Oxygen deficiency, 2) Overeating, and 3) Weakness of will.
We are not inescapably delivered into the hands of the diseases of civilization, as was formerly the case with smallpox, pestilence and cholera, against which the healthiest person was usually powerless. What can a person do today? Every person could, every day, his whole life long, make a basic rule of doing the following:
In the morning have a warm bath followed by cold shower. Ten minutes of morning gymnastics. Breakfast of no more than 400 calories (menu is individual). Skip the conventional lunch. After work, even if it’s late in the evening, an endurance performance such as 5K of running without getting harried, or a 1000m swim, of 15K bicycle ride, or equivalent exercises which promote endurance and lead to perspiration. Then, after a hot bath or shower, eat dinner.
It‘s not so important what a person eats, because by the construction of his digestive apparatus he can eat anything. But a person should eat as little as possible and very often make it less than 1600 calories per day. Even if one’s work involves hard physical labor and athletic training, he should rarely go over 3000 calories. It is still too little known just how little food a person can get by on. What you breathe is much more important than what you eat.