I am not a cyclist, but I know it is very good exercise. It was so sad to hear about the death of Durham cyclist Seth Vidal recently on Hillandale Road. We all need to learn how to share the roads with bikers and walkers; give them plenty of space, slow down, and realize they have as much right to the road as anybody.
A ghost bike in memory of Seth has been installed on Hillandale Road near where the tragedy took place. Go by and look at the bike some time and perhaps the sight will slow us all down and make us more respectful drivers. Even though I did not know Seth, I’ll bet this will probably make Seth smile a little as his legacy lives on.
Recently my attention was caught by a magazine cover.
Gary Player, from South Africa, was once one of the best golfers in the world. Today he is swinging a golf club on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s annual body issue – without clothes. And he is 77 years old. The man is still very fit, as you can tell if you see the picture. His words are quite pointed as to his views on healthy living, and they really make a lot of sense. He told the magazine:
“America is maybe the most unhealthy nation in the world because they live on crap. They’ve got the best food in the world, the best farmers, but they live on crap. When British Chef Jamie Oliver went to America, he went to areas where children never had cabbage or broccoli or spinach or vegetables in their life. People giving their children a soft drink and a doughnut to go to school. No wonder academically they’re affected.
“Fifty-five percent of the greatest nation on earth is obese? How can you compete against the Chinese? You haven’t got a chance. People that are lean and mean and working hard and producing maybe 100 engineers to maybe two or three that you produce. Kids that are learning like crazy at school and spending hours learning. You go to Korea, and those kids finish school at 7 o’clock at night because there’s no sense of entitlement.
“It frustrates me because I happen to have 15 American grandchildren. I love America, but I get so upset at the way I see the obesity. I just don’t see how the health care system can work. I pray it does, but I just don’t see how it can work with the tsunami of obesity.
“Most of my friends are dead, and I’m going on 78. I’m so fit and strong. I know I could get a heart attack, that happens in life. But damn it all, man, I get up in the morning at 6 o’clock. I work on my ranch. I mix cement. This morning I stood there with a guy, we’re doing a new land. For three hours, I helped pick up rocks. I climb a mountain. I swim in my pool. I walk, and I exercise. I don’t ask anyone on my ranch to do anything that I wouldn’t do.
“You’ve got to keep your body moving, moving, moving.”
Well put by Mr. Player, isn’t it?
Many of us have played the game Twister at some point in our lives, especially those of us who have a little age. You remember the game, where two people moved around on a mat to the instructions of right foot, green, or left hand, yellow, and you became entangled with the other person in very awkward positions. The winner was the one who didn’t fall. Quite good exercise, actually, unlike so many of the games of today where you sit on your butt.
The co-creator of the Twister game, Chuck Foley, passed away recently at the age of 82. Foley, along with Neil Rabens, invented Twister back in 1966 and the game went on to sell tens of millions of copies.
If you drink wine or ride horses, here is a little motivation from Thomas Jefferson.
“Within a few days, I shall be able to get on my horse, to me that most sovereign of all doctors.”
“Daily consumption of wine was indispensable to my health.”
Lewis Bowling teaches at N.C. Central University and Duke University. He is the author of several books on fitness and sports. His website is www.lewisbowling.com. He can be reached at 919-530-6224 and at Lewis_Bowling@yahoo.com.