Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bojobeetmonbaba

Bojobeetmonbaba
by Shawn E.


For years I’ve had difficulty with getting consistent exercise. I don’t have a gym membership, I don’t care for running, and taking a brisk walk doesn’t always get my heart rate up. One night, after dancing with some friends, I thought “wow, this is great exercise.”
Several weeks ago I started an experiment that i called Bojobeetmonbaba.
Bojobeetmonbaba is an exercise that involves free form dancing, push ups, sit ups, light weight lifting, and running in place. You can add whatever activities you want to it, but the basic idea is that you’re frantically moving for 30-45 minutes. Or an hour. However long you want. While you do it, you can work on toning whatever body part you want by focusing on that part. But mostly, it’s just dancing to your favorite music and getting your heart rate up.
The beauty of Bojobeetmonbaba is that it’s fun to say and fun to do. You can do Bojobeetmonbaba with your significant other or even your kids. One warning, though, you may look completely ridiculous doing it. It’s very silly.
In part of my workout, i like to hold two 5lb weights as i Bojobeetmonbaba. The extra weight makes you work a little harder, plus you can tone your arms as you do it. I also do crunches and push ups. You can throw some kick boxing in there if you like. It’s completely customizable. AND, you can do it in the comfort of your own home without having a gym membership.
Part of the fun of Bojobeetmonbaba is creating music lists. Here are some songs i’m currently using:



  • Put Your Hands Up - Apes and Androids

  • Hey Ya! - Andre 3000

  • Never There - Cake

  • I Feel For You - Chaka Khan

  • Mushaboom (Postal Service Remix) - Feist

  • Canned Heat - Jamiroquai

  • SexyBack - JT

  • Touch the Sky - Kanye West

  • The Prayer - Bloc Party

  • Without Me - Eminem


Then I like to do a little cool down time/stretching with some Sigur Ros or Mogwai

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