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Is today's gym class worthwhile?

The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported that myths about weight loss may be detracting from real solutions to the nation’s obesity problem. It was mostly about dieting and rapid weight loss, but the story also said school gym classes are too short or not intense enough to make a big difference in kids’ weight.
That started me thinking about my physical education classes in school. They were required in seventh, eighth, and ninth grades … and an elective in high school.
In those days, gym classes began with 10 to 15 minutes of fairly vigorous calisthenics … pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks … followed by some kind of game … and a hot shower. As an athlete, I found myself showering at school two and sometimes three times a day.
I took P.E. because I enjoyed it, I got class credit, and I had thoughts of some day becoming a coach. The classes taught me how to exercise effectively … and the importance of doing something physical every day.
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting’”

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02/07/2013 12:59AM
Is today's gym class worthwhile?
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