Dot Physics

Fitness Fun

I hate to be left out. ScienceBlogs, Starts with Bang has started a fitness theme that we are encouraged to participate in. I like to participate. I even had some good ideas. Here is what I was thinking:

  • Look at the physics of Wii-fit (actually, this one is good, I should come back to it someday)
  • Energy and forces involved in a push-up
  • Blogging push-up challenge – where I do a push-up for every 10 visits to my blog each day for a week (my estimation is that this could end up being dangerous – or maybe safe)
  • The physics of the gymnastics kip move. This one IS on my todo list since my two daughters are on the gymnastics team and I don’t really understand how this move works
  • The energy of running. Can I calculate the energy needed to run by looking at the change in kinetic energy of the legs as they move back and forth?

All of those seem like decent posts. However, I just have too many other posts that I would like to write (as well as get ready for classes). So instead, I will follow Chad’s lead and describe what I do.

Honestly, I used to run. I used to run a lot. I made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. However, I find that difficult to do now with work and family. I could probably still run if I wanted to, but it is hard to squeeze in. I like push ups. I usually do some in the morning before I go to work. The other thing I always do is ride my bike. My office is just about 2 miles from my house. I know this is not far, but I make up for it by going really fast.

Oh – coffee! Does that count as fitness? I like to drink coffee because it makes you powerful.

Maybe I will do that push-up challenge someday.


  1. #1 Neil
    January 12, 2010

    I think you should do the running one, but you never made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Shouldn’t you also need to look at wind resistance?

  2. #2 Moose
    January 12, 2010

    Um, a Parsec is a unit of distance, so I’d really hope you made the Kessel run in less than 12 Parsecs, and didn’t take a really, really big detour!

  3. #3 magetoo
    January 13, 2010

    I guess it says something about you when you can’t relate to the main point of the post at all (exercise), but that throwaway “Kessel run” reference makes you chuckle.

    (Moose: Google it.)

  4. #4 Moose
    January 13, 2010

    Ok, my bad for not thinking to google ‘Kessel run’ – I just assumed it was an actual run. But there’s no need to be nasty, now is there?

  5. #5 magetoo
    January 13, 2010

    Moose: Oh. I was referring to myself in that paragraph, but I guess it didn’t come out the way it sounded inside my head. Sorry, I’ll be more careful before hitting “Post” next time.

  6. #6 Moose
    January 13, 2010

    Oh hey, no problem mangetoo, I see what you mean now!

  7. #7 Moose
    January 13, 2010

    *magetoo, sorry.

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