August 8, 2006
I’ve been battling back and forth about how to best get into better shape. I’m not a fat man, as my frame could easily carry my 250 lb heft, if it were all muscle. But with my current muscle tone, I should probably be in the 220-lb range. So I know I need to do something, and I’m not 100% sure what the best route may be.
I’ve been considering getting back into martial arts (which I did for about 6 years before college). That will help both strength and flexibility, as well as balance. Plus, I know my technique has dropped off in the 10 years since I studied, and it’s always good just for a personal safety aspect to keep sharp. But I haven’t really found a dojo around here that I really like, and since my wife is currently between jobs, the $100+ per month isn’t feasible. I’ve considered joining a gym, but I’m not very good at willpower. I can see myself going regularly for about a month, and then dropping off. Plus, so much of what I would do at the gym doesn’t appeal to me, because when I do cardio, I want an actual destination.
But I think I’ve found it. I can couple my desire to get into shape, my light budget, and my love of beer into the perfect exercise: Hashing!
At one of our fine hashes, which generally meet each Saturday at 1:30PM, you can expect to find a somewhat challenging cross-country trail, which will be marked in biodegradable flour – you know, the stuff Grandma uses to make cookies. You follow this fine trail through all sorts of slop, muck and prickly-briar-filled bushes for four to five miles until you get to the end.
Why, you might ask, would anyone do this?
Simple Answer – BEER. The Complicated Answer – More beer! (We like beer, the people who make beer, and the people who like to drink beer.)
Yep. Hang out with fellow nuts like me, get some exercise, make new friends, and then drink beer. How can I go wrong?
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