The adult human has 206 bones linked in a variety of ways (… “the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone, thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone, the hip bone’s connected to the back bone … ”). Our skeleton literally supports us as we function in the world. While the hinge joint of the elbow allows movement in only one direction, the knee’s hinge joint permits some “swiveling.” The thumb moves across the palm of the hand thanks to a saddle joint, and a pivot joint in the forearm allows twisting of the wrist. The most range of movement, however, is provided by a “ball and socket” joint. The hip, with the head of the femur tucked snugly into the socket of the pelvis, is a perfect example. The hip provides an ideal balance between mobility and stability, and figures prominently in the well-being of runners as well as other bipeds. Continue reading
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“Tough what?” our friends ask. “Tough Mudder,” we reply.
“But why?” they mumble. “Why not?” we respond.
I’ve had some time since tapping the “send” button to reflect on the decision to join legions of people younger than my own children in this craziness, and it boils down to 3 reasons that are easy to articulate and easy to defend. Continue reading
Here is your third, and final, set of 10 persuasive reasons to exercise.
- Exercise provides opportunities for social interactions that couch potatoes miss. Sure, watching the Super Bowl is great fun for everyone, but wouldn’t you rather be laughing and trash-talking with friends while tossing the ball and running yourself? Taking a walk with a buddy? Puddle splashing with your kids? Have you considered running or walking to support your favorite charity? There’s a word you used as a child when you wanted some exercise – you called it “play” and, most likely, you “played” with friends! Continue reading