Letter: Locals need to get out and exercise by Jill Bishop
Why do so few people exercise? How many of the same people do you see make it a routine? Probably five to 10. We’re lucky if 50 people get out for walks and biking in a 15 mile radius around Rhinelander.
How do you expect to be good in sports if you only practice a couple weeks extra from when your season starts? I will give those who work out outside by the ice arena credit. Why can’t there be more?
Remember when we would practice playing baseball, softball, football or tennis? The older people would kick us off the tennis courts, and we had to use the practice board, or play marbles, steeles, fly kites, jump rope, play kickball or go fishing. A lot of it was in the street. In winter, we’d go sledding, skating, play “King of the Mountain,” build tunnels and forts in the snow and run up and down the snow banks walking home from school. There’s people that have their hobbies with horses, cars, coins, fishing, etc. It’s a shame that very few are brought up to do things out in nature.
Some of you don’t care to respect bikes on the road. Did you ever notice how far out you drive on the road in the winter? Bikers are allowed 3 feet, plus you’re to go around us 3 feet. How often do you give pedestrians the right of way to cross the street? Just what is your hurry?
Just to let you know how many people played sports in the 1980s-there were 36 women’s slo-pitch teams, 48 men’s slo-pitch teams and 10 men’s fast-pitch teams. Today there are 21 men’s slo-pitch teams, and not enough women to have a league. There is no fast-pitch league. For the first part of spring, people get spring fever for two weeks, then you don’t see them anymore.
Remember, you are what you eat! Don’t blame the school for the size of your kid. What do your kids eat?
As far as the economy right now, if you can afford your cell phone and other toys you buy, you can afford what the price of food is going to be. It’s pretty sad parents let electronics take over. That’s why a large percentage of the population is overweight.
I think we need Mother Nature to give us a good storm-either a good wind storm to bring down some trees or a snow storm like we got last Feb. 29, with 17-21 inches. Then a few more people will get some exercise.
Some of us wonder if we have ghosts in town that you’re too afraid to exercise. Just get out for a walk! As you age and have ailments, you won’t be able to blame all that you’ve done in the past. You couldn’t get your butt off the couch from watching TV, texting and playing on the computer.
Jill Bishop, Rhinelander