America’s Fitness in Amazon’s Watches

What does Amazon.com’s vast selection of watches tell us about America’s fitness:

Sports Watches vs Sport Fan Watches

Twice as many sports fan watches to sports watches? Do Americans prefer to watch rather than participate in sports? Based on the best seller lists, it seems like this skews to the South, with many of Amazon’s best selling sports fan watches tying to NASCAR, the Dallas Cowboy’s, or the U of Texas.

Taxing Video Games to Support Exercise?

The Other Mike found this over on the Huffington Post. Some do-gooders from the Sierra Club think kids need to spend more time outdoors instead of playing video games:

The Environmental Alliance of New Mexico is renewing its call for a one-percent sales tax on televisions and video games to fund outdoor education programs. The tax idea, initiated by the Sierra Club, would raise an estimated $4 million a year, to fund programs aimed at giving school kids an outdoors education.

What I want to see is a statement from a lobbyist representing EA Sports explain that Madden, when played responsibly, can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

Then when this gets closer to becoming a reality, we’ll start hearing from right-wing talkers explaining that there is no scientific link between video games and obesity. Out best approach is to keep studying the issue for now.

And the old-timers will chime in with: “$4 million for an outdoors education?” What ever happened to kicking kids out of the house and telling them to go play? That’s an education and it doesn’t cost $4 million – I’ll tell you that right now.

Feel Lengthened and Energized with Gyrotonic Workouts

Who doesn’t want to feel lengthened & energized? But wouldn’t a Viagra with a Sparks chaser accomplish that?

Apparently, this helps you connect with “your core, your deepest core, your seed center.”

Has anyone gotten their Gyrotonic on?

I could see Ben from BenCredible getting into something like this since it involves gadgets.

via Metro

Hula Hooping Fitness Strikes Chicago

Frick-n-A. I think Chicago’s ahead of Minneapolis when it comes to fitness fads:

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“In hula hoop fitness classes, the hoop itself isn’t the same piece of equipment you remember as a kid. The fitness hoops are heavier and larger, which makes them easier to control and also gives the individual a more strenuous workout. The hoops can range in price from $30 to $45.

Some of the moves Crosby teaches include the “booty bump,” which focuses on the abs and rear; the “eagle,” where you use hoop on your chest, going from one arm to the next; the “spunk,” which concentrates on the top of the knees to the hips; and the “slinky” where you dip your arms in and out of the open area while hooping.

I’m all for any exercise that helps people get into better shape. Even running.

It’s not clear from the article whether Jeff Schwister did any hula hooping for his story.