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.
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.
“In hula hoop fitness classes, the hoop itself isnâ€™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 â€œbooty bump,â€ which focuses on the abs and rear; the â€œeagle,â€ where you use hoop on your chest, going from one arm to the next; the â€œspunk,â€ which concentrates on the top of the knees to the hips; and the â€œslinkyâ€ 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.