Work out like a warrior with these ‘Game of Thrones’ exercises
By Brittany Anas
On the heels of a really gory episode Sunday night, Game of Thrones seems to have conquered all social media outlets with fans of the show completely, utterly shocked. If you don’t watch the HBO series, perhaps you’ll relate with comedian Whitney Cummings who tweeted: “Can someone fill me in on everything about Game of Thrones so I can participate in the only conversations that happen?”
While the show is collectively gripping the Twitter-verse, we thought we’d casually mention some ways that you can work out like a Westeros warrior.
Horseback riding: While it may seem like the horse is doing all the work, you — as a rider — can actually burn a good amount of calories. An hour’s worth of riding translates to what you’d burn on a 30-minute jog or cycle ride. You’ll also be toning your shoulders, triceps and biceps, your leg muscles and your abs. Horseback riding is also recognized for its therapeutic benefits. Just don’t freak out the horses by painting them like the Khalasars do.
Archery: The ancient art made a revival among youth with the soaring popularity of the The Hunger Games. The skill is one that requires both strength and a good deal of concentration, giving our bodies and brains an equally good workout. (And, it provides break from the circuit machine at the gym). Drawing a bow and holding it requires upper body strength in your arms, chest, shoulders and back. Check with your local recreation center to see if they’re offering any archery classes. (Find archery equipment at Bass Pro Shops)
Rock climbing: Remember that one time the Game of Thrones showed a dramatic ice climbing adventure along a 700-foot wall with swirling snow? Yeah, don’t do that. But, you can get chiseled at a local rocking climbing wall. The sport specifically targets your arm muscles, but also works your chest, back and legs.
Oh, and for fun: Blood, Sweat and Cheers has a fun Game of Thrones kind of a workout that you can do while simultaneously watching the show. For example, every time there’s dragon fire, do 25 push-ups; any time a direwolf bites somebody do 10 lunges for every bite. When winter finally comes, you have to do burpees until your exhausted. And, when a character dies, you better go to the gym.
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