As an early Father's Day gift, I got Noel the new EA Sports Active fitness game for the Wii, and we've both been working out with it for a couple of weeks. It's pretty challenging for couch potatoes like us. By far the hardest part, though, is the jumping. As the workouts get more intense, more jumping exercises are added. Jump from a squat. Jump from a lunge. Jump side to side.
Jumping is an integral part of the childhood repertoire, of course. It's not a matter of making the effort to jump, when you're a kid. Jumping comes naturally. In fact, it's unusual for Cady Gray to move without jumping. But I can probably go months without having both feet leave the ground at the same time.
But for a relatively unathletic adult, jumping is rare and extraordinarily difficult. I'm amazed at how hard it is to leave the ground -- how much effort it takes, and how tiring it is. How can something that starts out as easy as walking become so arduous?