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Keeping Fit While Being Cool

Okay, so you don’t work out (exercise) as much as you should. Perhaps your exercise routine (habits; things you do regularly) are getting a little stale (dull; boring; old).  Are you ready for the latest, greatest approaches to keeping in shape (being fit and healthy)?  Here they are:

  • Piloxing – This is a combination of Pilates and boxing. Pilates is a popular way of conditioning (getting your body in shape) that uses various exercises and equipment. Boxing is when two people hit each other in the face to get the other person to fall down. It’s a perfect combination! You practice hitting other people in the face to release (let go of) your anger, and you lose weight at the same time. What’s not to like?
  • Anti-Gravity Yoga – This is a sort of like upside-down yoga. Spiderman does this all the time, so it isn’t really new.
  • Powerstrike – Did you ever see one of those Japanese samurai movies, where there was a strong warrior (fighter) with a big sword? Instead of a sword, imagine holding a wooden stick and swinging it around like you were a real samurai (see the photo). That’s basically what this is.
  • Soul-Cycle – You sit on a special bicycle (a spinning bicycle) and exercise your arms at the same time. I don’t know why it is called soul cycling, however.
  • Beer Balancing – With this one, you drink several bottles of beer, then try to put them on the top of your head, without falling down.  It’s great for your neck muscles!

Okay, so I made up (invented) Beer Balancing, but the rest are real.  Now get exercising!

~Jeff

Photo credit: Samurai with Sword (1860), Wikipedia PD

 

19 Responses to “Keeping Fit While Being Cool”

  1. Peter Says:

    Success must be felt within before it can be seen on the outside.
    Jeff you are funny,
    How about “calisthenics ” you never mentioned it.
    I use to do Launching , skipping-rope,push up and sit up every day.
    But,there is this competition that you stand on your hand and drink bear out of a Keg until you fall down

    You crack me up Jeff
    You always do
    It is was a good break from all the serious posts , not a moment too soon.:)

    Yours

  2. Ethan Says:

    Fortunately I started to work out recently, was motivated by my wife. We all need to stay healthy, ain’t we?
    I took a look at those four exercises and the most peculiar one is soul-cycle.. What’s that got to do with ‘soul’? I didn’t see thru the whole website but honestly it looks weird to me.
    BTW, beer balancing seems to interesting. You ought to try that in your next anniversary video clip!! I’m sure lots of ESLPOD listeners will be expecting that!
    Now get practicing! :D

    -EL

  3. John Says:

    I love your sarcasm :D

  4. Peter Says:

    There is this well-written ,prestigious magazine “Time” that I was subscribed to.
    It is a weekly magasine. I used to read it everyday back in the days that i didn’t make acquaintance with the great “Eslpod” yet!
    I recall ,back then, the concept and the wording gave me a hard time. For me ,It was an attempt to read the whole magazine through.
    However,it is not the point ,the point is,today I happened to grab an old copy of a Time magazine which was sitting on the coffee table in my family physician office . I knew I was gonna be there for a long-haul. So ,I figured . What the hell!
    I picked up the magazine, and started to read.
    There was this interesting article about toring down The Berlin Wall in 1989.
    To my surprise ,I read through the whole article smoothly.
    It is funny. I didn’t even know that I picked up a new skill via everyday reading of the blog and lucy’s scripts-that is , ability to read shophisticated periodical magazines
    By now Guys
    Now that I can read ,
    I m off to subscribe to ” the Economist.”
    I have always wanted to

  5. Faith Says:

    I love reading your writing it’s so funny~! :-D

  6. Myo ko ko Says:

    Humm….Jeff,
    A piece of advice,
    How about “Whisky” bottles, instead of Beer cans?
    They weigh a lot than Beer cans and more stronger your neck muscles will be!! :)
    Oh ya, you should also change the name into “Whiskybottling.” :D Great?

  7. Hamid R Says:

    Hi Dr. Jeff and others;
    Someone please help me!!! I have a big problem. My life is going to be uneventful and boring. Someday I decide to go to gym regularly, and after few day, I stop it. It seems boring. Someday I decide to read great novels and you know I stop it after a while. I don’t know what to do. I like to hear suggestions by yours and of course Dr. Jeff
    Thank you
    Hamid R (Iran)

  8. Roberto Says:

    New sports for a new life! I like the last one and I think we could make a good team, what do you think, Ethan? Of course, our captain would be Jeff.
    I only know two things to keeping in shape: eating less and do exercise. I recognize that working out or doing exercise is boring but we have to do it because our lives an jobs are very sedentary.
    But september is a month of promises for people: going to learn a new language, studying a new career at University, doing more exercise…
    A nice topic, Jeff

  9. Peter Says:

    Ethan,
    Good show!
    You added some humour to the general tune of your post.
    I like it
    Keep up the good work bro

  10. Peter Says:

    You know what,My taste of English text books used to be all over the map simply because I didn’t know where and what to look.
    Thank Eslpod for building in me a sense of direction in terms of learning English.

  11. lynette Says:

    it is a great idea of hitting other people in the face to release the anger and lose weight. I love it.

  12. Peter Says:

    Hamid,
    Go see a shrink
    The unrest atmosphere always causes some unbalanced feelings.
    It Is par for the course,
    There is nothing fundamentally wrong about you bro
    You have lost purpose ;that Is all!

  13. emiliano Says:

    Hamid nothing is better to cheer up our own inner spirit than to help
    other persons necessities.
    Look around you and sure you´ll see another one who needs you.

    Yes, I think that is the best to feel yourself (myself) in peace knowing
    you are helpful and needed.

    Greetings.

  14. Tania Says:

    Hi! I am impressed by Jimmy Hoffa’s story and his death.I can’t understand: you are used or manipulated by someone and then killed.
    Thank you for the explanation of the word “union”.
    I have never heard of Teamsters.

  15. Tania Says:

    Hi! I can watch the National Geographic TV Channel. But do we have time for such many information of every TV channel?

  16. Tania Says:

    Hi! Sun glasses or shades!
    I have known just the shade of a color.

  17. Tania Says:

    Hi!
    “Call me Ishmael.” “Call me Jeff.”
    Dear Jeff, you never can be a self-centered, a narcisistic because you offer all your knowledges, your soul to all your listeners.
    You are special and unique through your work and your works. The same all ESLPOD team.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

    Tania

  18. Tania Says:

    Hi! Sweet accent when you pronounce the name “Katja”.

  19. Ai-Feng Kao Says:

    I’m impressed for all kinds of topics that you presented, and I also enjoy the way you explain the material and your occasional singing. I’ve learned a lot from you and I do encourage ESL students to listen to your program, too.