Chapter 7 – Run the Race! – page 34

You might expect that, as a Canadian, I do a lot of skiing, ice skating, sledding, snow boarding or maybe even snow shoeing! Unfortunately, I’m not very adventurous so I haven’t tried skiing yet. The last time I tried ice skating, I ended up bruised and with a swollen knee for over a week. Snow boarding? Puh-leeze… I won’t even get on a skateboard!

In the summer, I don’t swim, I don’t ride my bike, I don’t play soccer and I certainly don’t do anything as crazy as water skiing!!

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Hee hee… I’m not saying that people who waterski are crazy. But it would be crazy if I tried it since I’m not a very strong swimmer!

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So, you might be wondering if I get any exercise at all! Well, to tell you the truth, I’ve never been very athletic but, as I mention in chapter 7 of Designer Genes, there are other ways to get moving and get some exercise. For example, I love to walk! And I walk very fast. Some of my friends have to jog a little to keep with me at times. Hee! Also, because our home is in a three-storey building, I walk up and down a couple of flights of stairs many, many times a day. Sometimes I’ll go bowling with friends, or help shovel snow at home or at church. I basically try to move as much as I can, even if I’m not participating in an actual sport.

One of the problems nowadays is that a lot of young people will plunk themselves down in front of a computer or TV screen and not move for a few hours. It’s one thing not to do a lot of sports because (a) you don’t have time, (b) you don’t really like sports or (c) you’re just not good at them… but it’s a whole lot worse to not move around at all.

What about you? How active are you? Try to get into the habit of staying active while you’re still young. Not only will you stay in shape, but your heart, bones and muscles will be happy and healthy!

Here are some fun ways you can get moving! (Yes, even vacuuming can be fun! ) 😀 Which ones would you enjoy?

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Did you enjoy the Corny Sports Jokes in this chapter? Here are a few more!

Q: Why does it take longer to run from second base to third base than it takes to run from first to second?

A: Because you have a short stop between second and third.

Q: How do baseball players stay cool?

A: They sit next to the fans.

Q: What is harder to catch the faster you run?

A: Your breath!

Don’t forget to visit again next week! We’ll be starting Section 2 of Designer Genes. Woohoo!

Ann-Margret

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