I’m going to muscle in on the fitness business, because it’s ever-bodies business. Since the inception of this peculiar separation of mind and body a vast industry has created such an array of devices to work out that beds have evolved to be at least 10 inches taller. I remember as a kid seeing spring hand grips at home, wall springs from the 1950’s (which doubled as face slammers and hair pinchers), then came the bull-worker – I still don’t get it. The thirst for the next thing or hit was eagerly taken up by a culture sold on a diet of ‘healthy body healthy mind’. Has the pendulum swung too far? While there is a growing ‘brain gym’ world I’m not convinced this bridges an ever growing gap. But I think I have a novel solution if there is a budding entrepreneur out there willing to take a punt.
For those who still want the full gym experience such as treadmills and stationary bikes: When deciding what level to set, speed, intensity why not chose an interactive thinking conversation or challenging idea. Your personal trainer could be there to ask or if you don’t have one a programme pre-set that allows you to watch clips or movies that push the boundaries of concepts. I’m thinking there might need to be some upgrades such as catch nets for those moments where someone stops running while their imagination and wondering expands and forgets they have a conveyer belt under them.
There could even be specialist thinking and conversation gyms. Posters of philosophers, visionaries and paradigm challenging ideas litter the walls. Racks of art magazines and classical music blaring. Imagine, philosophy ‘spin’, cross science fit, creativity wrestling, and yoga – yeah just normal yoga. Spotters might correct your line of questioning or keep conversations well balanced. I can imagine gym gossip going something like:
‘Have you seen Sam’s line of question?’
‘yeah wonder what s/he’s on?’
‘dunno think I spotted a red pill.’
‘Wow that was some heaving thinking being pushed.’
‘Definitely, but was it natural, reckon there might be some illicit conscious performance enhancing substances involved, I suspect DMT.’
‘Hey what’s your programme?’
‘Well did some heavy chess yesterday, so just going to hit the art’s today.’
‘Ok, well watch out for those DOM’S – delayed onset of mental soreness.’
‘Nah, all good – will just have a long Bach.’
And I’m pumped out.
We’re into the home stretch, the last few minutes of the campaign game. Political commentators are digging deep, bloggers fingers are aching, party leaders faces are trembling with the strain of forced smiles and niceties. Sweat trickling slowly from some others red faced and leaking like oil from a beached whale. What can I add? Not much except some suggestions for last minute training and conditioning that each party could do to get them across that line in the best shape on the 20th. So I will pull no punches but maybe a few push ups and offer up some shape up suggestions. Some will escape my net, I’ve cast it narrow due to creative licence which I only just passed.
Let’s start with probably the smallest most invisible party The Money Free Party. Moving to a resource based economy is a big leap of faith. Get into some plyometrics to help with springing this concept into action. Maybe a bit of old school calisthenics care of the Bar Brothers. It’s lean, mean and natural. Even if you get no-where you’ll be in great shape. Colin Craig deserves his own spot here. The conservatives are holding their own. But Mr Craig does need to loosen up a bit…ok…a lot. Aerobics, yes nothing wrong with a bit of lycra, followed up by a sauna after and a deep tissue massage to get rid of those deep knots. I know a great guy who can help you out Colin.
New Zealand First and Mr Winston Peters apparently has something called ‘common sense’. You know I think a good session of crossfit might help this party with gaining a sense of diversity and variety of other perspectives. What about Act. Well they do like their one size fits all approach and nothing ‘too taxing’ so let’s accommodate that. Aqua-jogging or aqua-aerobics, they like to make waves or at least storms in tea cups.
I’ve been a stymied a bit by a Wii problem with the Internet Mana Party combination. But some (re) boot camp and lots of crawling under barbed wiring should get their heads out of the Cloud. Which reminds me I haven’t mentioned Mr Peter Dunne of United Future who’s been spinning his wheels on legislation around legal highs might like to sit on a spin bike for a while and stare at a board of statistics around huffing, while huffing and puffing himself.
Getting to the business end and the Greens need a sense of direction I feel. So it’s orienteering for you and a chance to put that dual leadership to the test don’t get lost in the wild blue yonder Metiria and Russel the view might look good but all sorts of nasties lie beneath the surface. Labour oh you are in for a treat. I’ve got a couple of options running through my head. Pole dancing immediately springs to mind as well as pole vaulting. I’d be leaning toward something that has an edge of agility and trust so a bit of sport climbing could work here as it could improve communication as well as reminding the leadership of what looks like a good grip can quickly slip away.
Last and definitely not least National seem to have it all worked out don’t they with Teflon John at the helm. I think National should head to the sea for some deep blue contemplation and fine tuning. Anyone remember a boat race last year that looked like a ‘done deal’? Keep grinding and trimming National you’re not there yet! They might also consider some big wave surfing over a shallow reef of reality for many kiwis called poverty and other disenfranchised and silenced minorities. Genuine hard-ship is driving this wave and watch out for ‘the green room’ it could close out any time.
Finally – don’t forget to cool down when all is said and done, our democracy might not be perfect but we have the freedom to vote without fearing for our lives in NZ let’s keep some perspective. So remember to exercise your vote.