July 13, 2010

Hillbilly health club, revisited

Our latest exercise equipment.

From time to time, this blog highlights offerings from the Goat Rope Hillbilly Health Club, which features such high tech exercise equipment as chain saws, sledge hammers, splitting mauls, dirty barns, pitchforks and wheel barrows.

On display now is little Edith Ann, one of our aerobic training devices. Longtime viewers of this blog will recognize her but may not realize that a dog might be better than a treadmill when it comes to exercise. A study in Great Britain found that dog-owners who regularly walk their beasts get more exercise in than the average gym-goer.

(Besides, I have a theory that it is an offense against whatever gods may be to use a treadmill on a pretty day.)

In little Edith Ann's case, it's two miles early in the morning and two more at night. At a year old, Edith is pretty high energy but we also have Arpad, a slower model for beginners:

It is not recommended for the same person to walk both at the same time as this can overstretch the arms.

"THE IDIOCY ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT" is shown no mercy here.

TAKE OUR JOBS, PLEASE! The United Farm Workers union, responding to immigrant bashing, is urging Americans to take some of these low wage, back-breaking jobs. Not too many takers have taken advantage of the opportunity.

ONE NATION. A new umbrella group hopes to counter the Tea Party.

SPEAKING OF WALKING, did bi-pedalism give early humans the edge they needed?

GOOD PARENTS/NOT SO GOOD KIDS. The author of this article suggests some unpleasant personality traits may be more a matter of genes than parenting.



appleblossombeck said...

A good book that is sort of also about early humans and their advantages is Born to Run. Mostly it's about why some people can run easily and for hours, but other people injure themselves constantly. The most interesting part of the book is the part which figures out/explains that early humans hunted by chasing animals to death even though we're slower--I won't ruin all the surprises, but one of our tricks is that we can take multiple breaths per stride, however many we need. Pretty much all other animals can only take one breath per stride.

I'll loan you that book, if you want.

hollowdweller said...

I've got some of my most intense exercise chasing a dog running off while totally ignoring my please for it to come.

hollowdweller said...

I've got some of my most intense exercise chasing a dog running off while totally ignoring my please for it to come.

Anonymous said...

Oh and RE the nature vs nurture article my years breeding various livestock has sort of put me into the column that the DNA plays a way stronger role in how a person turns out than how they were raised.

El Cabrero said...

The book sounds good-thanks!

re: running dogs...been there/done that.

re: nature/nurture. I think the idea that people are born a blank slate has been pretty much discredited.