Mar 3, 2009

Master your health, you must

by Rachel Barker


On Feb. 25, the Today Show featured a unique fitness program for individuals who are less than eager to introduce physical activity into their daily routines. With the help of “Master Flynn,” they introduced viewers to a new exercise trend — the Jedi workout.

Only three in 10 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity, with 37 percent reporting that they are not physically active at all, according to the U.S. Department of Health.

With the alarming increase in American obesity, reminiscent of a tribe of Jabba-the-Hutts, it is vitally important that we take charge of our health. One obstacle blocking the paths of some people is the fact that many of them are either not comfortable in a classic gym setting or simply not motivated. For this group of people, the Jedi workout provides a unique exercising alternative.

“Ever lost 50 pounds from having fun?” Flynn asks on his New York Jedi Web site. “We have.”

The Jedi workout combines the love for science fiction and performance with visible results, according to the Today Show. The workout involves cardiovascular exercise as well as upper and lower body movements with the assistance of a lightsaber.

“I have lost 60 pounds and I’m down three pant sizes,” Brandon Hughes testified in a Wellness magazine article. “In terms of performing, it is as much a workout as dancing.”

Not only is the Jedi workout a creative “force” for staying in shape, but it also has opened many individuals to a new outlook on life.

“Dave Herald, 26, failed out of culinary school. But after being a part of New York Jedi … lessons he’s learned, (in addition to the 30 pounds he’s lost), have encouraged him not to give up on his career dreams,” reports the Today Show.

Through his Web site,, Master Flynn provides a solution for those eager to learn the way of the Jedi but live a great distance from New York.

The ability to exercise at home greatly benefits those whose busy lives are short on time. An average adult needs 30 minutes of physical activity five or more days week to be healthy, according to the U.S. Department of Health. The number is even greater for children and teens who require about 60 minutes a day.

Furthermore, moderate daily exercise can help to reduce the development of various diseases, like type two diabetes and certain cancers, according to The U.S. Department of Health.

And besides, as Flynn explained on the Today Show, “Who wouldn’t want to go around hitting people with glowing sticks?”

While the Jedi workout is not the “only hope” for a healthier lifestyle, it provides a fun way to get in touch with the inner-child through Star Wars, while taking control of our bodies. In the wise words of Yoda, “Always in motion is the future.”

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