The Best Exercise

The Best Exercise

  • What is the best general purpose exercise? According to science, it is walking. That makes sense as even animals stroll, prowl, strut, amble, trot and saunter. It is the 'original' exercise. Other good exercises are doing housework (yes, really) and dancing. 1 2 3 4
  • Walking engages the whole body including the eyes and mind (to scan the surroundings) and allows one to partake in sunlight and fresh air if done outdoors. Naturally, less benefits will accrue when carried out on a pavement next to a busy road or on a thread mill indoors.
  • When walking, one also avails oneself to its most advanced version which is simply to walk naturally. No esoteric techniques needed.
  • Dancing on the other hand is an exclusive human activity (though some animals can ritual dance) and has multiple levels of engagement. It starts from just moving, then moving smoothly, then moving harmoniously (with the music and with other dancers).
  • Dancing has movement, rhythmic, musical and social elements. It is also highly accessible: just put on the earphones and music, stand up and away one goes. (If dancing is not one's cup of tea, one can jog on the spot or do aerobic exercises.)

Watching The Games
  • Thanks to the organisers and broadcasters, the Olympics this year is viewable in part through the internet [MY] which we find both convenient and compelling.
  • After scrolling through a few random events, we stumbled on two sports that were eminently watchable: women's weight lifting and women's volleyball.
  • Women's weight lifting because in the snatch section (snatch the weight in a squat, lift it above the head and stand up), the cameras zoom in on the contestant's face at the point the contestant stands up from the squat. In that split second, we can see her face when she uses her mind and will to lift the heavy bar up. Many top athletes use the mind, but in women's weight lifting, it is up close and personal.
  • We also like volleyball because it is fast paced compared to other court games where services takes a long time and where there many long pauses. Women's volleyball has finesse and emo whilst the men's game is power packed.