How to Workout Like a Jedi

Star Wars

Happy “Star Wars” Day, everyone! What’s that? You didn’t know and forgot to send me holographic greetings via R2-D2? But it’s so easy to remember: May the 4th (be with you … )

There are probably as many people who take “Star Wars” seriously as there are people who take working out seriously. Possibly even more. And while the stereotypical image is of a sci-fi geek who’s more couch potato than fitness fanatic, the six-film saga of the Force vs. the Dark Side has so pervaded our popular culture that, of course, there are “Star Wars”-related workout activities that you can take part in. None, I’m sure, with the George Lucas seal of approval.

In the Big Apple, one fan has created New York Jedi, a light saber workout class that’s a mix of martial arts, fencing, and play acting with a bent towards choreographed stage combat. Costumes are even allowed should you be so inclined. If you don’t like in Manhattan or the Boroughs but want to find like-minded people where you live, there is a site called Saber Wars to connect fans.

Need music to keep you inspired during your Wookiee workout? Try the “Star Wars (Driving Force Remix)” or go back to the days when the movie first came out and groove to the disco sounds of “The Best of Meco” including his #1 hit medley “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band.”

If you’re as passionate about crescent moon poses as you are the dual moons of Tatooine, then show it off with this “Star Wars”-inspired yoga mat bag, made from old cotton bed sheets. Gotta love Etsy!

Microsoft Kinect owners can experience the thrill—and sweat—of being a Jedi Knight through the official “Kinect Star Wars” home video game. Because players control their on-screen counterparts through the Kinect’s sensor, you’re sure to burn plenty of calories while fighting against Darth Vader.

deltsIt just goes to show that you can find inspiration to be fit just about anywhere, even in a galaxy far, far away. Just remember, these are not the deltoids you are looking for.

About Greg Wymer

Greg Wymer is Principal and Chief of Creative for Healthy Dose Media. He was an award-winning radio copywriter and morning show producer for WFNX-FM in Boston in the 1990s, and in the 2000s won Best Viral Marketing Campaign and Best Non-Profit Campaign for his work with e-tractions, a provider of custom online entertainment. Before launching Healthy Dose Media, he spent 10 years at the MIT Enterprise Forum working as a developer of programs, content, and marketing for a global audience of startups and entrepreneurs. Greg has been a mobile and club DJ for 25 years, created and ran a pub trivia night called Useless Trivia, and is on the Board of Directors of ImprovBoston, where he performed as a cast member of its Mainstage for seven years.

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