Monday, February 20, 2006

You're Never Too Old for Dodgeball

Do you remember how fun dodgeball and kickball were when you were in elementary school? It seems that many adults are finding that the same ole' boring routine of going to the gym and riding a stationary bike or the stairmaster isn't cutting it anymore.

More and more adults are finding activities like gymnastics, dodgeball, kickball and other "fun" sports to get their physical fitness exercise. Here is an excerpt from an article on Yahoo! News:

"Whether reviving a childhood passion or following the leads of their own children, more adults are stepping off the sidelines onto gym mats, playing fields and ice rinks. Small-town instructors and national sports organizations report a spike in adult participation in sports generally dominated by kids.

"I used to go to the gym but it turned into a chore," said Daniel Lewis, a 26-year-old New York University law student who attended a recent gymnastics class with Lin at the Chelsea Piers recreation complex on Manhattan's Hudson River shore. "With gymnastics, you're getting great exercise and also learning real skills."

Chelsea Piers' 25,000-square-foot gymnastics facility advertises the largest adult gymnastics program in the country, attracting both first-timers and professionals. Classes are split nearly evenly between men and women, instructors said. Participants hail the sport's almost meditative effects, but the regulars' sharply defined muscles point up other benefits.

Other activities focus more on fun than physical discipline. The Seattle-based group Underdog Sports offers adult leagues for elementary-school staples - dodgeball, kickball and flag football.

Its kickball league, with members ranging in age from their 20s to 60s, had 150 participating teams in Washington last year, said its director, Lawrence Martin." To read the complete article, go to Yahoo! News.

Sounds like fun to me. I know a few friends I'd love to play dodgeball with. :)

So, get off your tail and get out and find something fun to do. Be a kid again.

Make it a great day!


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