The surprising effects of exercise

I’m still waiting for my bathroom scale to register any effects from my efforts at healthier eating and more regular exercise. I know to be patient, though, and focus on the long-term benefits of healthy eating and exercise.

A few months ago, however, some women exercising in a 12th floor gym in Seoul, Korea, apparently had some much more immediate effects – not on their bodies, but on the building. The TechnoMart shipping mall began swaying, and hundreds of people were evacuated due to a suspected earthquake.

No quake had been registered in the area, however, so suspicion fell on the 4D theater. (Being someone behind the times in terms of pop culture, I had no idea what a 4D theater was. The article said that the government feared an “inter-dimensional fringe event,” and I began to wonder if the whole article was a joke. I learned, however, that it refers to physical effects in the theater, such as moving seats, rain, wind, and strobe lights.)

The culprit, however, turned out to be 17 middle-aged women doing boxing and taekwondo exercises while listening to American music turned up very loud. The situation was re-created (though with different people doing the exercises), and a Doppler vibrometer on the 38th floor verified the tremors being created by the people exercising on the 12th floor.

I guess it’s a good thing my exercise hasn’t had that kind of dramatic effect.

2 Responses to The surprising effects of exercise

  1. modestypress says:

    Once upon a time, there was an activity called “break dancing.” If done in the wrong place….

    By the way, Pauline, an excellent writer of non fiction is named David Grann. I am just reading a collection of articles The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. He is also the author of a book about a search for a Brazilian list city, The Lost City of Z, which I have not read yet. You may find his work interesting.

  2. Karen O says:

    “inter-dimensional fringe event,”

    I smiled reading this, then had to read it to my husband. We are big fans of the show Fringe, on which unexplained occurrences are referred to as “fringe events”.

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