Lately, my kids have been watching Disney’s Tarzan. The movie is beautifully done and the sound track by Phil Collins is amazing. There are many aspects of Tarzan that are an interesting concept ~ communicating with wild animals, living with gorillas, etc.. What I’m enthralled with the most this time around in my family’s movie obsession, though, is Tarzan’s body structure.
Rippling muscles, strength, agility.
While I’m watching the movie, I begin to wonder how he developed such an impressive physique eating like a gorilla. Certainly our muscles and body fat would be similar to Tarzan’s if we were running around in the jungle, jumping and swinging from tree to tree and trying to survive in that environment. Our far ancestors may very well have been in the same athletic condition as Tarzan, but they ate meat for protein in order to build those muscles, right? Tarzan ate like a gorilla, who are mostly herbivores. How could he possibly develop such strength eating such little protein?
Then I remembered: Gorillas do supplement their diets with some termites and some ants, so I can only conclude that Tarzan ate a helluva lot of ants and termites ~ supplementing with plant life. Mystery solved!
Whenever I watch this movie, I have the urge to run outdoors, to climb trees, to swing, etc.. After all, the workout worked wonders for him, right? The proof is not only in Tarzan ~ we have to look no further than our own children. That’s exactly how they get their exercise. They’re running and climbing and tumbling and hunting jaguars ~ wait, no, scratch that last one.
You get the idea. They’re not stuck in a gym throwing around dumbbells or running on never ending looped belts ~ outside in the real world is where it’s at!
There’s a part in Finding Nemo (gee, can you tell I watch a lot of Disney movies??) where Nemo arrives in the dentist’s fish tank and he’s meeting all of his new tank-mates. He’s talking to Gill, the leader fish guy and Gill says: “Fish aren’t meant to be in a box, kid. It does things to ya’.”
It stands to reason that humans spending too much time in a box would go nuts too, right? These boxes are gyms and houses and cars, etc.. I’m not suggesting that we all run out into the jungle and swing from trees (although that sounds fun to me) but we all as humans, need to look for ways outside of boxes to maintain our health ~ not just for our physical strength but for our mental strength as well. ~ Maybe even more so for our mental strength.
I leave you with a workout from Erwan Le Corre ~ modern day Tarzan. Maybe he has a thing or two to teach modern society.
So, tell me ~ do you think that humans will eventually go nuts if they don’t spend more time outdoors? What are your thoughts on gyms vs. outdoor workouts?