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message 1: by Bookworm (new)

Bookworm Smith | 684 comments Here's an idea - Jogging is not all that healthy for you!

I'll take the side that, contrary to popular belief and scientific studies, jogging is not all that good for you or society in general.

1) Almost every single Cougar or Bear attack starts like this..."I was out for my morning jog when [insert: 'cougar claws tear' or 'bear fangs puncture']


message 2: by John (new)

John (Noel_Efturn) | 110 comments /
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Rule 1: Always jog with a partner.

Rule 2: This partner must be slower than you. Then you need not be able to out run the cougar, bear, or other predator; you need only to be able to out run your partner.

Rule 3: In the event you actually have to implement the spirit and intent of rule 2, have a back-up partner, fully qualified as to rule 2, available for your jog the next morning.

Rule 4: NEVER, under any circumstances, allow yourself to assume the role of someone else's rule 2 partner.

Rule 5: Forget rules 1 through 4. Follow my example instead. Do NOT jog at all.


message 3: by Bookworm (new)

Bookworm Smith | 684 comments 2) When you jog you take more breaths, hence, exhaling more carbon dioxide...that is bad news for climate change!

3) Each running step you take has more force than walking. It is like kicking the teeth of the sidewalk. You are going to wear it out a lot faster that way! Instead of fifty years it may be worn out in forty nine years three hundred days?


message 4: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (RDouglass) | 2138 comments Mod
I hike. The same rules John posts are all the more true there. Thus, running (even though I'm now running neck and neck with a geriatric tortoise, I refuse to call it "jogging") is essential as a survival mechanism. How will I be able to outrun anyone when the bear comes if I don't train?


message 5: by Jonny (new)

Jonny Gibbings (JonnyGibbings) | 29 comments Jogging? Joggers always find the dead bodies. No one ever found a dead body watching porno while eating ice cream.


message 6: by Sam (new)

Sam (Ecowitch) | 154 comments I'll admit I am a jogger and like Rebecca I agree that training is required to maintain jogging levels so in the event of animal/person/zombie attack I'll be able to run away while others (those who favoured the porno and ice cream route perhaps) are left behind as per John's rules :-)

I also take the option of running in the city where animal attacks aren't as common (living in Wales helps too) and people are so unfit I can run away easily ;-)


message 7: by Jonny (new)

Jonny Gibbings (JonnyGibbings) | 29 comments Sam wrote: "I'll admit I am a jogger and like Rebecca I agree that training is required to maintain jogging levels so in the event of animal/person/zombie attack I'll be able to run away while others (those wh..."

Well, you raise good points. This is why I have a morbidly obese friend, whom I would administer a dead leg via swift kick, in even of such an attack. I keep about my person a small bag of chocolate chips that I would pour over him to make him even more attractive to said zombie/animals.


message 8: by Sam (last edited Oct 30, 2012 04:36AM) (new)

Sam (Ecowitch) | 154 comments I am so glad I don't know you in real life Jonny!!! Although I must admit I like your logic...may have to start carrying small bags of foodstuffs around as well...might even go for the candy spray so one quick spritz is all that's needed (time will be of the essence after all!)


message 9: by Bookworm (new)

Bookworm Smith | 684 comments This brings up a good point. All the joggers in the world may be healthier, but, what about the majority of those who are non-jogger? The guilt they feel and the hit on their self esteem causes increased mental health issues. In fact, I've heard these claims are on the rise and may eventually bankrupt our health system!


message 10: by Jonny (new)

Jonny Gibbings (JonnyGibbings) | 29 comments I'm not in to jogging for the simple fact that I look like a diseased John Cleese when I run. In fact I have never seen a jogger with a happy look on their face. Not like surfing, everyone looks stoked. Joggers look like they have had a boiled potato shoved up their ass.

I'm not keen on the walking for health either. My dear old Grandma, when she hit 80 was told by the doctor to keep fit. He told her to try and walk two miles every day. That was two years ago - today we have no idea where she is!


message 11: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (RDouglass) | 2138 comments Mod
You've never seen me running in the rain, Jonny. I usually have the stupidest grin on my face. . . thereby no doubt proving that jogging is bad for you, as it clearly makes you crazy as a loon on drugs.


message 12: by Sam (new)

Sam (Ecowitch) | 154 comments Dont worry Rebecca I'm the same when its raining too and since I live in Wales I kog kike a loon a lot!! :-)


message 13: by Bookworm (last edited Oct 30, 2012 06:14PM) (new)

Bookworm Smith | 684 comments Rebecca, aka crazy as a loon on drugs, reminds me of another argument I have.

Often times joggers claim that after running they feel 'elated', 'full of energy', due to releasing of some chemical (endorphins or something)...last time I checked, pumping yourself full of chemicals to make you feel full of energy and elated was something hard drug users on speed do.


message 14: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Douglass (RDouglass) | 2138 comments Mod
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Running is cheaper.


message 15: by Sam (new)

Sam (Ecowitch) | 154 comments Ain't it just ;-)


message 16: by Bookworm (new)

Bookworm Smith | 684 comments Fine, getting oneself elated on self producing chemicals aside, jogging creates and entirely useless product - the running shoe. Which in turn produces jobs such as running shoe designer, running shoe scientist, etc. In the grand scheme of human beings and nature, these are just terrible wastes of lives and productivity - that could be used to combat disease, save the earth, or philosophize...you know, something important?


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