Tag, You’re It!

By: Susan Howard

A few weekends ago my wife and I went to the beach and rented bikes.  Sophia, our daughter, took her first co-pilot bike ride, which she loved. I haven’t been on a bike in a few years, and I forgot how much I love it.  It always flashes me back to when I was a kid and I used to stand up and pump my handlebars to go even faster,then I’d crouch down like a racer shooting through the wind.

I mention this because at times fitness can seem like such a chore, like eating cod liver oil.  I know it’s good for me, but I really don’twant to do it.  Even though I should, I know I should.

I want to encourage you to find ways to play in your workouts, either by making up silly games of things to do or by jumping on a bikeoutside or jogging through Beachwood canyon or grabbing a tennis racket.  My best friend Heather and I played tennis so much one summer we even ate lunch on the court so we wouldn’t have to leave.

If none of these things interests you, think of something that does.  Remember when you were a kid all you wanted to do was play.

Knock on your neighbor’s door; maybe they are up for a game of freeze tag.

You’re it!

Fun Workout

On the Treadmill at the gym.

Start at 6.0.  If someone with blond hair passes, you have to bump up your speed to 7.5 for 45 seconds.

If someone with red hair passes, bump the incline up to 5.0 for 45 seconds.

Make up your own rules.  Fake boobs -speed walk at 4.5 one minute; steroid dude -sprint 8.5 for 30 seconds.

Try this for 25 minutes always returning back to the 6.0 jog.  It might make you laugh.

Rapid fire strength.  Catch your breath between these.  It’s loosely based on the Presidential Fitness test we took as kids.

2 minutes -how many pushups can you do?

2 minutes -how many chin ups (with assist if needed) can you do?

2 minutes -how many crunches?

2 minutes -how many jumps onto a platform?

2 minutes -hold a superman (with arms by your side) lying on your stomach legs and chest up.


I like this process because I don’t have to drench my veggies in too much oil and I only have to clean up one pan.

Throw some broccoli and or cauliflower into a pan of boiling water till they give a little, but still have some firmness and a bright hue.

Strain, throw on a bit of salt pepper and a little sliver of butter and boom! -simple veggies.

This whole thing should take you like 10 minutes, and no, I don’t buy the pre-cut ones in the plastic bags.

Why?  I am not sure, but it always worries me what they do to preserve the veggies…I do buy the bagged spinach so go figure.



[photo credit: Flickr member Sean Dreillenger]

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