Rice, the rocket.
Secretary of State shares fitness tips with early-morning DC news. Next week: Cyclin' with POTUS (schedule subject to change).
The ParticipACTION Archive Project "The average 30 year old Canadian is in about the same physical shape as the average 60 year old Swede."
That was the wake-up call provided by ParticipACTION, a non-profit organization created in the early 70's to nudge Canadians into getting into shape. Its history is chronicled in this site, including the story of how Saskatoon became ParticiPACTION City
, competing with Umea, Sweden. You can also relive those memorable PSAs that ended with the distinctive logo and sounder
(Embedded QT in links)
I can do that!
The latest excercise craze sweeping LA! It starts with light stretching and breathing excercises for half an hour. Then assume the "corpse pose" and wait for the neck massage. If you can stay awake.
Fitness to Practice
is a collection of songs written and performed by Amateur Transplants, two practicing doctors from the UK. The album consists of original songs
as well as witty parodies of songs originally performed by among others Tom Lehrer
and The Jam
(mp3 links). The lyrics contain a lot of medical in-jokes, but the humour is broad enough to appeal to everyone.
or kettlebell training
you can hack
the fat off without the dishonor of diet and aerobics.
An unholy union of fitness and fast food: Bally Total Fitness
teams up with Yum Brands
to offer free four-month gym memberships to people who eat at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silver's or A&W restaurants.
Mariko Takahashi's FITNESS VIDEO for being appraised as an "EX-FAT GIRL"
A most peculiar entry from Panasonic's Olympic Games in Action
summer promotion in Japan. From the artist: "This video expresses the joy of excercise. ...While I was trying to find something that both adults and children could enjoy, I saw a poodle with its 'muscle-like' hairstyle and I thought, how about a girl with muscles in the same places?" ...Possibly the most bizarre video I've seen all month. (38MB - QuickTime/Real/Windows Media Player req'd)
The Golden Age of Iron Men
- Online Physical Culture Musem
Complete scans of an odd and very large collection of muscle/fitness publications and profiles of the authors, all from the early part of the century.
Scientists know that being fat reduces your lifespan,
making you more susceptible to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and a host of other bad things. However they are only beginning to understand why. "Fat tissue is now recognized to be the body's biggest endocrine organ," producing 25 known signaling compounds and a variety of proteins.
(43 pages o' flash) is about 80% hackneyed obvious jokes, but there's some gems here and there. Which is dissapointing, because I don't get enough of the "Cleaning the Spitten Coffee off of the Monitor" workout. It also has very little to do with driving a tricycle drunk or throwing a javelin limpwristed against the Alpha Betas.
Let's get in shape
'cause we never know when we'll have to defend ourselves.
Later we can go dancing!
That Friday Flash thing you all like so much 'round here!
Heart surgery in our family has triggered something of a crisis of fitness with everyone vowing to loose weight. Ironically its the runner in the family that has suggested the most sensible solution: buy a pedometer
and increase the number of steps per day you walk to 10,000. (Although some say to just increase.
) The idea supposedly started in Japan
. The idea is to add a bit of activity here and there (the first site recommends going to a restroom on a different floor) rather than trying to lump the 30 minutes per day all ot once. So far with a desk-potato lifestyle 3,000 is easy but adding the extra few miles every day will require some extra work. Less social than a Volksmarch
but compatable with a mall walk.
And definitely less hazardous than freestyle walking.
Inside the JFK medical files.
Very interesting article from Sunday's NY Times (reg. req'd) about the long-term health of John F. Kennedy, from World War II to his death. Corresponding Yahoo News item here
also. [more inside...]
You you read that right. I think people are taking "whole-body" work outs a BIT far. As Comic Book Guy would say, "Worst product ever!"
Couch potato lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking
Poor diet and lack of exercise cause more illness than smoking, new figures show. The lifestyle of couch potatoes has overtaken smoking as the major cause of ill-health in EU countries for the first time, the World Health Organisation says. Great, now reading Metafilter is bad for me.
Jazzercise Eats Its Words
after being accused of weight bias. MeFites may recall the heated discussion
this story originally garnered (and the associated firestorm
in Metatalk) when Jazzercise refused to hire an instructor that did not meet their "fit appearance" criteria. They have since changed their policy "based upon the information and research that perhaps it's possible for people of varying weights to be fit."
The barred instructor has gone on to start her own successful aerobics franchise based on her "fitness-at-any-size" philosophy.
Michael Kelly to America: We are some kind of fat.
Never mind what we consider to be beautiful
; the sad fact is that many, many Americans are slobs who cover their guts with spandex pants and think they look good. If only they knew. Amen to this op-ed, and down with dress-down, too, while we're at it.
Have you ever noticed that the line between the NYT and MF is blurring?
Today I found a whole article about the strange and amazing fact that <a href="http://charlesatlas.com">The ninety-pound weakling company</a>
is still in business, and on the Web! I can easily imagine a day when storeis are one paragraph long, and "Abuzz" comments let you know the rest of the details, y'know, like a Hamlet written by 1000 locusts on typewriters, or something...
? I guess they ran out of verbs.