Posts Tagged ‘Olympics’

Writing that takes the gold

February 17, 2011

As someone who writes for a living (both here and at my job) I have a great appreciation for the clever use of words.  While browsing the New York Times yesterday, I came across one of the best metaphors I’ve ever read and because it’s exercise related, I thought I’d share it with you.

The sentence is from an article about the failure of the 2012 Olympic organizers in London to follow through on their promise to get more people involved in sports and exercise.  They had a goal to get two million people to be more active by 2012, but at the current rate, they won’t reach that number until 2023-24.  (A little behind pace, no?)

Anyway, here’s how the reporter describes the failure:

“…with the Games in less than 18 months, that commitment now resembles a wheezing jogger, bent over and winded from a New Year’s resolution whose ambition could not be matched by exertion.”

Not only do I know exactly what that looks like, I know exactly what that feels like.

Here’s the link to the rest of the article.

Lifting weights and breaking bones

June 18, 2010

Alright people…the point of lifting weights is to lift them.  Alas, a new study finds nearly a million people have injured themselves when trying to lift weights.

Lift with your knees guys! Don't drop it on your feet ladies!

The majority of injuries in women were fractures.  Fractures, ladies!  And how do we get fractures when lifting weights?  By dropping them on ourselves.  Namely, our feet and legs.  Men, on the other hand, suffered more sprains and strains.  But men break things too…remember that weightlifter at the last summer Olympics.  (Do a Google image search of “weight lifting accident” if you don’t, but prepared to be sickened.)

Most of the injuries (in men and women) happened while using free weights, not machines.

And while we’re pretty good at hurting ourselves somewhat severely, in the 18 years the study covered there were only 114 fatalities.

So people…take your time when lifting weights.  Also know what you’re doing!  If you don’t, ask one of the trainers at the gym.  That’s what they’re there for!

SOURCE: Weight-Lifting Gains Bring Pains, Too

Olympic Recap

February 23, 2010

The Olympic Mascots...kinda cute!

So we’re more than halfway through the Winter Olympics and if you haven’t been watching…what have you been doing?!?  (Seriously, what have you been watching?  The rest of TV is in a deep freeze during the games.)  There have been some awesome highs and some serious lows, but that’s what makes sitting through all of those prime time commercials worth it. (ok, not really, but I do love those P&G Olympic mom spots!)  For those of you who have only been watching cable TV (and not those channels owned by NBC) enjoy this recap of the games so far.  As for the rest of us…women’s figure skating starts tonight.  I’ll still be watching even though I know it probably won’t be as thrilling as the men’s competition last week.

Monday Music Mayhem

February 15, 2010

I really wanted to come up with a list of songs that tie into the Winter Olympics, currently going on in Vancouver, but having used up my snow songs last month, I’m out of ideas!  Send me yours and maybe they’ll pop up on a later list.  For now, enjoy these (random) music picks.

Proud Mary — Ike and Tina Turner

Live Like We’re Dying — Chris Allen

I Like the Way You Move — Outkast

American Boy — Estelle featuring Kanye West (ooh, this one could work for the Olympics!)

Rompe — Daddy Yankee

Winter Workouts with Asthma

January 14, 2010

Did you know asthma strikes more people in the winter than in the summer?  (I didn’t.)  And that at the upcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver, as many as half of all the elite cross-country skiers and almost as many world-class ice skaters and hockey players will suffer from exercise induced asthma? 

So what’s going on?  Apparently, it has nothing to do with the cold, but with the lack of moisture in the air.  Keep reading about it here.

By the way…there are only 29 days until the Winter Games start in Vancouver.  Yay!