January 27, 2014

30 Minutes of What?

Any type of physical fitness is good for you, even if it's something you've never heard of. My employer linked up with a website where you can track your daily fitness. There's a drop down menu where you can select the type of activity and then add the date and duration. I think the goal is at least 30 minutes a day for five days per week.

I perused the list, and, of course, it has many common forms of exercise like walking, jogging, running, swimming and aerobics. But not everything on the list is what I would call mainstream.

Some examples:

Body Pump - I don't know what this is, and I'm not sure I want to know.

Capoeira - Never heard of this one either. Sounds like a restaurant menu item. Turns out it's a Brazilian dance which includes martial arts moves.

[Photo courtesy: Wikipedia.com]

Cricket - Of course as a baseball fan I'm familiar with cricket, but I've never played. The closest I ever came was several years ago when I was walking in a city park and there was an informal game of cricket taking place in an adjacent field. Suddenly, an errant ball rolled all way up to the path where I was walking. My first instinct was to grab the ball and throw it back, but I didn't want to create another Steve Bartman incident. So I waited until it beccame obvious that the ball was no longer in play and then tossed it back to one of the players.

Curling - People love to make fun of curling during the Winter Olympics. But certainly there's some skill and physical fitness involved in skating and sweeping. However, I can't imagine that I have any corowkers herein central Texas who curl in their spare time.

Foot Bag - When I was a kid some of my friends had hackey sacks. But I've never heard of them being called foot bags before.

Jai Alai - I'm quite familiar with this sport since it was popular in south Florida when I was growing up. In the commercials they used to call it something like, "the fastest sport on two feet." But I never actually saw Jai Alai in progress. As I recall, there was a lot of gambling involved.

Orienteering - No clue on this one. According to dictionary.com, it's "a competitive sport, originating in Sweden, that tests the skills of map reading and cross-country running, in which competitors race through an unknown area to find various checkpoints by using only a compass and topographical map, the winner being the finisher with the lowest elapsed time." Sounds like one of the many reality TV shows that I've never seen.

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Snowshoeing - I know what snow shoes are, but I never knew there were competitive races. I don't think this is too popular in Texas.

Tennis - Of course tennis is on the list. The only reason I'm mentioning it here is so I can tell a bad joke: I don't like playing tennis because I can't stand the racket.

Water Jogging - I've heard of water aerobics and water polo (they're both on the list too) but not specifically water jogging.

I've been trying to fill out my log on the website, and there are three other forms of fitness I'd like to suggest:

Gratuitous Jogging In Place - This is when you wear a Fitbit (or other pedometer) and jog in place needlessly just to hit a step milestone.

Driveway Ice Sledding in a Box from Costco - This is what the neighborhood kids got to do last Friday. Ice storms are rare here.

Walking Rosary - A Catholic sport that builds spiritual and physical fitness. Trying saying an entire Rosary while walking at a brisk pace without having to stop and catch your breath!


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