The Unrepentant Individual

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August 8, 2006

Time To Get Into Shape

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?

UPDATE: YouTube Rules…

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || Trackback URL || Categories: Beer, Personal Life


  1. I joined the Y and do yoga three times a week. Seriously.

    Comment by Matt Duffy — August 8, 2006 @ 9:03 pm
  2. Do they give you beer?

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — August 8, 2006 @ 9:07 pm
  3. I get my exercise by walking to the neighborhood bar and crawling back home. I do this five times a week and I’ve never felt better. Consistency is important. I’ve been following this regimen for years and it seems to keep me in tip-top drinking condition. Good luck on your exercise program, Brad.

    Comment by John Newman — August 8, 2006 @ 9:20 pm
  4. Brad, I suspect that some of that extra weight might be in the form of a beer gut. Beer does have a lot of calories in it. I’ll bet that if you slacked off on some of that beer that you might loose some of that extra weight. I know that you didn’t want Mama Stern talking about that, but what’s a mama to do. Good luck taking off that weight.

    I like to walk at the park. They have marked trails and I enjoy watching the squirrels chasing each other as I walk. When I walk, I keep my weight off.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — August 8, 2006 @ 9:33 pm
  5. I fully support the hash. I’ve hashed myself before I took up serious running and its still great fun to do – and the people are the best. Doesn’t seem to matter what city you’re in, hashers are cool.

    Comment by Andy P — August 11, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

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