- Sauna cycling
- Climate change denier decathlon (make them run till they drop)
- Heat wave high-jumping
- Swimming in sweat
- Bad ass butt-blistering badminton
- Empty pool concrete crawl
- Track and burnt to a crisp fields
- Diving into melted marshmallows
- Hop, skip, and puddle jump
- Arid aerobics
- Hot as hell hammer throw
- Molten lava shot put (can you say hot potato?)
- Blistering baseball
- Torrid tennis
- Fiery flame fencing
- Hot foot gymnastics
- Desert doom marathon
- Asphalt egg-frying
- Perspiration polo
- Dead tree trunk lifting
- Bermuda short boxing
- Water bottle relay
- Mirage javelin and discus throw
- Greenhouse gym-gastics
- Wrestling with guilt (everyone qualifies)
Archive for the ‘fitness’ Category
Posted in Alternative energy, Climate Change, deregulation, Economics, Environment, fitness, health, history, human rights, humanity, Nature, Peace, politics, pollution, Renewable Energy, Science, seasons, sports, Travel, tagged climate change, environment, global warming, olympics, sports, Summer Olympics on June 29, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Communications, consumerism, Diversity, Economics, Education, Environment, fitness, Food, health, Health care, humanity, politics, Poverty, product design, Science, tagged food, humanity, obesity, population on June 22, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
According to a recent article in Live Science which was summarized in the National Center for Bicycling and Walking’s online publication, Centerlines, humanity is 17 million tons overweight. That is the equivalent to 34,000,000,000 pounds or another 242 million people!
Sadly, but not surprisingly, the United States is the most overweight nation on the planet. With all our fast food, fried food, super-sized sodas, lack of exercise, and over all couch-potato attitudes, we deserve to be at the top of the heap. The research shows that while North America accounts for just six percent of the world’s population, but 34 percent of its human body mass due to obesity. that is a very sorry statistic.
Here are the lists of the top ten heaviest and lightest nations on the planet. It is noteworthy that half of the top 10 heaviest nation are located in the Middle East, while all ten of the lightest nations are from Asia or Africa. It should also be pointed out that for several of the nations included on the lightest 10 list, the opposite problem from obesity is occurring - instead of too much food (or calories) being consumed, they have too little, which is leading to risks associated with starvation.
- United States
- United Arab Emirates
- Trinidad and Tobago
- North Korea
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Sri Lanka
Posted in charities, civics, Communications, Economics, Education, Environment, fitness, government, politics, pollution, schools, signs, Transportation, tagged budgets, funding, schools, signs, transportation on June 13, 2012 | 2 Comments »
In these tough times of school funding crises, budget cuts, and program elimination, one local elementary school went the extra mile to improve education. they installed a digital changing message sign on the outside wall of the facility. Are you freakin’ kidding me?
Who cares if the money came from the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), the use of those funds for such a frivolous device is patently offensive. In my opinion it should have been used to provide meals to less fortunate children, provide pay raises for underpaid staff, or used to buy books and other “educational materials.” And why did they install this ridiculous electronic toy?
Because so many parents drive their kids to school, it was a way to communicate upcoming events and notices to them. Say what? Anyone ever heard of handouts or fliers?
Not only was money (approx. $10,000) wasted on silly signage instead of true education, but gasoline continues to be guzzled in an inefficient manner and kids are being chauffeured to school instead of walking/biking/or riding the bus, creating twice-daily mini-gridlock outside of the school building. There’s logic for you. NOT!
Personally, I would have preferred them use the money to develop a Safe Routes to School program that would lessen the need for chauffeuring, improve health and fitness, and teach the children about environmental sustainability and stewardship.
What is the educational benefit in this sign? As far as I can see, there is none, other than to tell the kids that their education is secondary to “superfluous shit” t0 make their particular elementary school more “elite” than its counterparts in the district. Wow – there’s a lesson plan that could be tossed in the landfill of stupid ideas.
Consider this an early warning to all current and future parents. Unless want to be driven to complete and utter boredom, make sure you do not sign your kids up for….Tee Ball (or T-Ball). Oh my goodness, if there was ever a remedy for sleeplessness, this sport is it. This game is probably the worst introductory activity or goodwill ambassador for a sport ever invented. If baseball ever wanted to self-destruct and disappear from the planet, it made great progress with the invention of T-Ball. If coaches are wondering why so many kids play lacrosse or soccer instead of baseball/softball anymore, they might want to look the dull foundation the sport is built upon.
All three of my sons played T-Ball when they were young, but at times I thought they could have learned more watching a test pattern on TV or the grass grow in winter. I will grant that the sport may help those children who are shy develop better social skills and the basics of teamwork, but that could be accomplished with some other group activity that has more “fun” associated with it.
Since when is it teaching a child a new sport when you give them as many as 20 missed swings at the ball sitting on a post without the umpire ever declaring that they have struck out? And on top of that, they are still allowed to run the bases as if they had achieved a base hit. While the lack of “action” can be tedious for the parents, it has to be worse for the kids as they stand in the field under a hot summer sun waiting for someone to actually hit the ball.
From my unscientific observations, not only does this sport quickly turn the parents in to blank, mind-numbing, zombies, but it appears to teach the our kids precious little…except perhaps how to survive through incredible boredom. Frankly, our children grow up so incredibly fast, I feel there are many more rewarding family activities that could be found than playing T-Ball.
Posted in Alternative transportation, Biking, Cars, Cities, civics, fitness, health, politics, sports, Transportation, tagged bicycling, bike parking, cycling, land use, planning, zoning on June 5, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Alternative transportation, Biking, Climate Change, consumerism, Environment, fitness, health, Land use, pollution, Trade, Transportation, tagged bicycling, cycling, non-motorized transportation, retail groceries, shopping, transportation on May 29, 2012 | 10 Comments »
Posted in Biking, Cities, consumerism, Economics, Environment, fitness, Food, health, Land use, Trade, Transportation, tagged bicycling, exercise, fitness, health, smoking on May 13, 2012 | 3 Comments »
For the past couple of years, I have been attempting to get the local Kohl’s department store to install a few bicycle racks for customers and employees who prefer active transportation. To date I have been unsuccessful. However, in the ultimate irony, the store installed two cigarette disposal containers instead. Is that really their intent – to tacitly support an unhealthy habit instead of promoting fitness, exercise, and good health? I doubt it, but their actions speak differently.
Sadly, Kohl’s is not alone. One can walk into numerous area businesses and see the same unfortunate priority. Even three national retailers who sell bicycles here, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, and Toys R Us, do not even have bicycle parking at their stores. That is plain ridiculous. It seems counterintuitive to long-term customer health and their own long-term business prosperity.
It is long past time that our society places greater emphasis on good health, fitness, and exercise and stops giving even tacit support to unhealthy habits that cost all of us dearly. Please note, these thoughts are coming from a former cigarette smoker – me. For businesses, promoting healthy activities reduces their insurance costs, sick time, and employee absence. Those benefits themselves strongly outweigh the costs of installing a simple bicycle rack or two. The sooner our society starts to get its collective priorities in order, the sooner our nation’s general health and welfare will begin to improve.
Posted in Alternative transportation, Animals, Biking, civics, Entertainment, Environment, fitness, fun, health, product design, sports, Transportation, Travel, tagged bicycling, bikes, cycling, exercise, fun, recreation, travel on April 28, 2012 | 2 Comments »
This blog post is a follow-up to my previously one on the ten banes of a bicycle commuter post, but from the viewpoint of a recreational bicyclist. It was so popular, that I thought I would prepare a sequel – if Hollywood can do it, so can I. Just wait for the prequel – Ten Banes of a Tricycle Rider. : )
Since I am not a BMX or mountain biker, this list is from the point of view of a street or hybrid bike rider.
Here we go:
- Lack of adequate bathroom facilities (particularly for #2 and for women) – this is more important the older you get.
- Road shoulders that are missing, in disrepair, gravelly, or crumbled.
- Loose and uncompacted surfaces
- Stupid and/or nasty drivers
- Lack of directional signage
- Flat tires
- Vehicles that kick up stones
- Unmaintained/rutted trails
- Other trail users, including cyclists that wander aimlessly from side to side on the trail.
Please feel free to submit your banes as well and we will compare notes.
Posted in Alternative transportation, Animals, Biking, Environment, fitness, health, Pets, seasons, Transportation, tagged bicycling, bike commuting, cycling, transportation, weather on April 23, 2012 | 11 Comments »
Posted in Alternative transportation, Biking, Cars, charities, civics, civility, Education, Environment, fitness, health, humanity, Love, pictures, politics, sports, Transportation, tagged bicycling, cycling, Ride of Silence on April 21, 2012 | Leave a Comment »