From Friday, July 27 through Sunday, August 12, the world will be focused on the Olympic Games in London. But in at least three households, there will be another competition going on: The 2012 Sister Olympics.
My sister, Teri, and I have both been working to lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Our sister, Deb, is already thin and healthy, but she's joining us just for kicks. We came up with our own list of events, with the goal of accomplishing as many as possible during those seventeen days. Keep in mind that none of us is 45 anymore, some of us aren't as thin as we used to be (yet) and we were never college-caliber athletes. (One of us wasn't even jr. high caliber.) We don't run!
Dash: Walk at 4 mph (or above) for 5 minutes
Marathon: Walk 5 miles at a minimum of 3 mph
Javelin: Play catch with baseball/softball for minimum of 15 minutes.
High Jump: Jump rope for 5 minutes
Basketball: MAKE 20 free throws
Rowing: 10 minutes on rowing machine or actual row boat.
Cycling: Ride 10 miles (real bike or stationary)
Swimming: Swim 30 minutes (laps, treading water or aerobics)
Weightlifting: Bench press 50 lbs. 5 times.
Golf: Play at least 5 holes
Gymnastics: Do a 30-minute dance-type workout video or class
There is no prize for completing all the goals other than a feeling of accomplishment and looser pants, but neither is there a penalty if you don't do all eleven events. We have a very laid-back Olympic Committee. If you would like to join us, we welcome "honorary" sisters. Feel free to adapt our goals up or down for your personal fitness level.