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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Multiple Sclerosis, Exercising With Wii, and Teaching People to Garden

I love the idea of people helping each other, I suppose I'm just a big softy. There are some pretty cool ideas people have for spreading their good ideas, and their good know how. There is a group based in DC called City Blossoms, they educate area children the benefits, and techniques of gardening. They teach preschool age through teens how to plan and nurture a garden, from plant choices to composting. I think the closet I came to anything like that was when we put a marigold in a styrofoam cup when I was in preschool? (OK, I didn't go to preschool, and I'm pretty sure I never grew anything in a styrofoam cup, but I know some people did!) I am going to figure out a way of showing people how to sustain themselves, and eat healthy too, way to go City Blossoms!

We got a Wii entertainment system this weekend, it's pretty cool the way it works. I set up my character, a dashing grey haired dude with glasses. I am hoping it gives me an opportunity to exercise and not get bored. I was bowling today, played tennis, and a round of golf. My balance is so bad, I think I may need to wear a helmet in the basement! I was soaking wet when I finished 10 rounds of boxing, a real aerobic work out! I'm trying to figure out if I'm better with the stimulator on, or with it off? I am researching what is the best game, possibly the Wii Yoga, or Wii fitness for my comeback tour? Playing a video game sure beats riding an exercise bike!

9 comments:

Libby said...

andy, my 25 yr old daughter has wii & she loves wii fit! says it's much cheaper than a membership at the requetball club to work out at!
& BTW, i'll have you know that I grew a marigold in a styrofoam cup in sunday school! yeah, like 40 yrs ago, but still...

awb said...

Libby, hopefully your daughter isn't like me and over 300 lbs. Nintendo was going to call mine either the US, or FatAssFollies! My Sunday school may have done it too,, I however hid under the crib with my Philadelphia Eagles football helmet on screaming! Pleasant child...

Cranky said...

Just found your blog yesterday. Great read.

Question for you on Wii ... have been thinking it would be a fun way for my partner to get some exercise for her upper body. She's in a wheelchair. Think you can golf or bowl in a chair?

awb said...

Hey Cranky, nice to meet you! I would say definitely yes to playing Wii sitting down, I do it half of the time as my legs aren't what they used to be. The best aerobic activity is the boxing, and it can also be done while sitting.

Hope to see you again,
awb

Libby said...

hahaha, no, andy, she's a perfect size 4...and plans to stay that way!!
and, if my mom would've given me a chance to not go to sunday school, i surely wouldn'tve!! but at age 4, i was still a "good little girl"!!

Cathy said...

I've been seriously looking into buying this so I was so happy to see your post. good luck with it.
I think you just talked me into it.

awb said...

I just finished with it, and it was a real workout. I worked up a good lather and was sucking some serious air! It's a fun way to get a workout for the whole family. Good luck with the Tysabri, I hope it does the trick for you.

awb

LISA EMRICH said...

Andy? So what was that silly talk about only 'two' readers? Really.

Hey, I got the Wii Fit for Christmas this year and love it. The body test which will measure your weight is a bit humorous and insulting. Beware that that mini-mii will plump up (and out) to reflect the poundage. yikes.

awb said...

The number of readers is an anomaly, so to be corrected when the time space continuum is repaired.

As long as the mini mii doesn't give my big ears and a trunk, I'll be happy!