I've combined my love for history with my daily exercise routine to come up with a new and innovative way to learn and lose weight at the same time. I call it:
It's very simple to do. All you need are the following:
1. A hard, flat surface;
2. A Pilates cd, dvd, video, 8-track or personal Pilates instructor;
3. A device to play your cd, dvd, tape or video, or to record your Pilates instructor for future lessons;
4. Clothing like that worn by Roman procurators such as Pontius Pilate;
5. A book or book-on-tape of the canonical Christian Gospels, particularly relating to the events leading up to the Crucifixion (or another book of your choosing);
6. A burning desire to lose weight.
Okay, now that you have the basics, the rest is easy. Just put on your procurator's garb, turn on your Pilates dvd or cd, grab your reading materials and lay on the floor.
For starters, you can do what I call the basics of the Pontius Pilates techniques, such as learning the correct way to breathe, flapping your arms to and fro to get the blood flowing, and researching why the Roman Judaea Province's Sanhedrin was comprised of such bastards in the years of 26 to 36 A.D.
Once you get the hang of it, you can move on to more strenuous exercises, like the pelvic thrust and the toe spin. You can also move on to more thought-provoking topics of historical relevance, such as why Pontius Pilate was really powerful at all considering he could not command legionary forces and yielded to the legate of Syria in all military situations.
And remember, the Pontius Pilates method has been developed so you can go at your own pace. Just remember to "wash your hands" after getting up off the dirty floor.
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