Saturday, February 20, 2010

Working out – Senegalese style

Exercising in Senegal – especially in a small, rural village – isn’t quite the same as exercising in America (especially when it comes to working out in a “high-tech” exercise facility that is full of treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, mats, balls, classes, etc.), but it can certainly be just as effective. To stay in shape, many men and boys go running in the evening – they will sometimes go jogging for long periods of time, while other days they will do more sprint/speed workouts. They also do sit-ups and push-ups as well as other activities to work their arms, legs, and core, such as jumping and various arm movements – such activities are workouts even without weights. The guys also obviously play lots of soccer, too, and use the soccer posts to do pull-ups. I do all the same stuff the guys do – and have started trying to get my friend Yassa (and any other girls that are around) to work out with me, too, as you can see from the pictures below.

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