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Don’t groundhog yourself!

Punxsutawney Phil

Groundhog day is celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it’s cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day then spring will come early. If it’s sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

Is it me or does that make absolutely no sense? Read it again and think about it. I got the paragraph from Wikipedia. They know their shit, but it’s the logic that has me confused.

From what I can tell there are a few groundhogs around the country that have been coaxed into predicting the weather. There’s Jimmy the groundhog, Wartian Willy the groundhog, Staten Island Chuck and the most famous, Punxsutawney Phil. PP lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and does his work there. Being a person that hates the idea of caged animals I don’t much care for this practice especially after seeing photos of these critters. While they all look well-groomed and “healthy” they’re all extremely chubby and perhaps (although I’m not an animal fat specialist) very over weight. I fear they all could use a bit of exercise and some diversity in their daily routines.

That brings me to the Movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Remember that? Bill plays a TV reporter who finds himself repeating the exact same day over and over again. After indulging in hedonism and numerous suicide attempts, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities and eventually realizes he’d be wise to take advantage of the situation and break out of his patterns. Once he makes some changes to the cycle, his life improves and all is well. Storybook ending so to speak.

Unfortunately Punxsutawney Phil probably doesn’t have the option to change his ways to better his life and health but you and I do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; change it up, mix it up, challenge yourself, excite yourself and you’ll become a more rounded athlete, happier, flexible, interesting person. Doing the same thing over and over again makes you good at one thing and teaches your body and mind to move only in that one direction, and eventually it will fight back.

Lets start with this: today brush your teeth, your hair and open doors with the opposite hand you normally do.  Just try it!

Happy Groundhog Day!

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Your homework assignment

Do like Dr. Oz does!

People ask me all the time for “homework” or an exercise routine they can do on their own. If you read Motion Starved often you will have seen short, home workouts I’ve posted in the past. This time after pondering for hours I decided to simply steal the workout Dr. Oz does. It’s a good one as it wakes up all your muscles, promotes strength, balance and flexibility.  Do it in the morning, according to the good doctor you’ll be ready and raring to start your day. I will warn you, this routine contains quite a few push ups. Do them on your knees or against the wall if you must, but make the effort.

Watch the video and work out along with Dr. Oz a few times to get it down. The list of the exercises below is for your traveling pleasure. You’ll need to watch the video for a better direction however.

Give it a try; what do you have to lose? It’s only 7 minutes of your time.

Dr. Oz’s Morning Workout 2011

Head Rolls
Forward Bend (soft bend)
Forward Bend with twist
Push ups (10)
Down dog (cross ankle, both legs)
Crocodile Lunge (both sides)
Wide Grip push ups (10)
Down Dog
Spade Push ups (10)
Up Dog/Down Dog
Crocodile Lunge
Lunge Twist (both sides)
Push ups (10)
Up Dog/Down Dog
Crocodile Lunge
Push ups (10)
Up Dog/Down Dog
Lunge (both legs)
Pushups (10)
Lunge (both legs)
Butterfly, open feet
Crunches (25)
Full body stretch