If you happened to be driving down the road in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, during the 2016 NFL season, there's a good chance you sped by a hulking figure moving solemnly along the side of the road, a man so big that you may have commented to your passengers, "that dude could play in the NFL!"
Little did you realize that the man you passed was J.J. Watt, star defensive lineman for the Houston Texans, passing time and counting down the days until he could be medically cleared to resume lifting weights and training. After undergoing back surgery in September that knocked him out for the entire 2016 season, Watt was told by his doctor that he wasn't allowed to engage in any sort of training for two months. As you well know, Watt is obsessed with working out, and didn't know what to do with himself, so he started walking. From a recent Bleacher Report profile:
While banned from working out and recovering in October and November, Watt lost 20 pounds back home in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. But boy, did he walk. Twelve miles a day. He'd pick a restaurant six miles away from his home or drive to a spot six miles from a restaurant of his choice, park his car and walk both ways.
For two months, Watt did nothing but walk. Assuming it takes 15 minutes to walk a mile, Watt dedicated three hours a day to walking. So during th0se 60 days, he walked a total of 180 hours. Whew!
"After two months of doing it, people were like, 'Ah, there's that moron walking down the street,'" Watt told Bleacher Report.
Watt has been abnormally inactive of late. Before his back surgery, he spent the first few months of the 2016 offseason rehabbing from multiple surgeries on his groin and core muscles. Again, he was unable to do any physical activity until he healed, which for Watt was next to impossible.
"They wouldn't let me work out for five weeks after my surgery," he told STACK. "It was some of the most frustrating days of my life because you feel helpless."
Watt is reportedly back full go in the gym, and once the Texans training camp opens this summer, he'll have no restrictions. But even if he winds up on the sidelines again, trust that Watt will find a way to burn calories, no matter what it takes.
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