Not True!

Whoever said “What goes up must come down,” never tried to lose weight. I’m just saying.

Play! Play! and More Play!

Today was a red-letter day for me. Weighed in on the Wii Fit Plus at 233! This is the fittest I have been since I can’t remember when. My secret? Well of course it means eating less, but for me that has simply been smaller helpings, healthy snacks and avoiding sugared drinks. But the key is exercise, and the key to exercise, for me at least, is play! Tell me to jog in place for 10 minutes. After 3, I’m done. But put me on an imaginary bicycle and send me around an imaginary island looking for flags, and I’m in! Tell me to exercise my upper body for three minutes and I’m not going to do it, but put me on my Wii for Bird’s Eye Bull’s Eye, and I’ll do it over and over.

Now don’t get me wrong, this is not an advertisement for Wii. It just happens that Wii is my exercise of choice, given my situation. In the past, I have lost weight playing racquet ball and other games. The point is, play makes it easier to do what you need to do. Exercise as fun is much more productive than exercise as a chore. (I realize this is not true for everyone. I know several people who do exercise for the sake of exercise, and I think that is great. It’s just that for me play makes it easier.)

Not long ago, I discussed Matt Weinstein’s book, Work Like Your Dog. In the book, Matt makes the point that dogs don’t distinguish work from play and suggests ways to make your work fun.

Then sometimes, play is just play. Last Saturday my son and daughter-in-law hosted their annual “Sci-Fi-Fish-Fry,” where they invited their friends to come and celebrate science fiction. Many, including most of the children came in costume.

Of course at Laugh2Learn, we believe that play is an important component of learning. But whatever its purpose, everyone needs to play!

How I Went From Obese to Oveweight in One Day

Every day – – well almost every day — I work out on my Wii Fit. For those of  you who have never used it, the Wii asks you questions about your age, height, etc and then when you step on the balance board to weigh in it tells you whether you’re  “obese,” “overweight,”” healthy” or “underweight.” It makes these determinations based on your Body Mass Index or BMI. BMI is a very crude measurement that is used because it is cheap. Using BMI, most professional athletes are scored as either “overweight,” or “obese.”

Does this look obese to you?

I am not a professional athlete, and my body fat percentage is not the healthiest,but because of my build, the damn Wii told me “That’s obese.” everytime I weighed in.

I found a way to go from “obese” to “overweight” in just a few minutes. I opened my profile and changed my height from 6’0″ to 6’4″. Now when I weigh in it just says, “That’s overweight.”

Ya gotta be smarter than the machine.