Did you see the Dennis the Menace cartoon yesterday?
It shows the mom doing yoga. The kids say
“I guess when you get too old to play… You have to exercise.”
Really? What is hiking, biking, canoeing or even yoga, but playing?
And to make it more fun, the Asheville YMCA came up with Fitgo.
The YMCA Fitgo is a combination of Fitness and Bingo. You get a card with a five by five grid of challenges for a month. Some activities are simple, some take thought, and a couple I am just ignoring.
Simple Goals – No fast food for three days and Drink no soda for three days. I checked that off the moment I got the card because I haven’t had either for decades.
Same with Eat fresh fruit with your breakfast and Stretch for 15 minutes.- I do those every day.
Goals that take some thoughts – I didn’t want to count activities that I’ve done before I started Fitgo. So I waited until I did my next yoga class to count it as group training class, no problem since I go to yoga once or twice a week.
Another goal was to Participate in an outdoor activity – yeah, like hiking.
Do an activity together with friends or family – another easy one since all my hiking companions are friends – no double counting was involved.
Since this is the YMCA, the goals also included introducing yourself to three Y members I didn’t know and letting a Y staff person know why you love the Y . I love the Y because it opens at 5 am on weekdays. It give me and lots of other people flexibility.
Now the tough ones. Drink water as your only fluid intake for one day. What? Give up tea? I interpreted this literally – not even herbal tea.
Get eight hours or more of sleep for three days – Are they kidding? I’d love to but if I can sleep more than six hours, it’s a red letter day.
No one can hike every day – certainly I don’t have my life planned to hike every day. So that’s where the YMCA comes in – with or without Fitgo.