I find that when my workday of interpreting stressful (yet fulfilling) phone calls, translating tricky terminology, billing projects and bidding on new ones is over… I am ready to let my brain rest and to get my body working!
I could assimilate all the knowledge and wisdom in the world (if only I had a brain large enough to memorize every bit of information that matters!), but it would not lead anywhere if meanwhile, my body was deprived of any challenge or care. Sure, I could go to the gym and run around in circles like a lab rat (or worse, at a standstill!), or go to my man’s basement and try myself at bodybuilding (and I have before!)…
… Whatever physical activity I pick, it has to be fun! But first, let’s review how to express working out in French:
To work out // faire de l’exercice/ faire du sport/ faire un entrainement sportif
To lift weights / go weight-lifting // faire de la muscu(lation)/ aller à la muscu
To pump iron // soulever de la fonte
To do fitness training // suivre une remise en forme/ faire du fitness / faire de la gym
Fitness addict // fou de la forme
To train for the Olympics // S’entraîner pour les jeux olympiques
Snatch // arraché Clean and jerk // Épaulé jeté
Biceps curl // flexion du biceps
To do 3 x 10 push-ups // Faire 3 séries de 10 pompes
Pull-ups // Tractions
Squat // flexion des jambes / accroupissement
Bench press // Développé-Couché
Deadlift // Soulevé de terre / soulevé avec barre
Abdominal crunches / curl-ups / to do abs // demi-redressement assis / redressement (assis) partiel / faire des abdos
Personally, I prefer hiking or more recently, I have been able to pick up rollerblading again, after many years of not having a smooth (and relatively flat) trail nearby. After watching the short video below with my submission for the upcoming video promoting the release of the new book Found in Translation, you may think it looks effortless (also see point 5 of the current issue of the Interpreter’s Launch Pad newsletter).
However, a 1991 study by the University of Wisconsin Medical School found that “During a 30 minute period: On the average, inline skating at a steady comfortable rate exceeds 285 calories and produces a heart rate of 148 beats per minute (versus Running and cycling expend 350 and 360 calories respectively)”.
Also, rollerblading involves all large muscles in the lower body (abductors, adductors, quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximums and the calf). The core muscles (abdominals) provide a stabilizing action. The large muscles of the upper body participate less, but act as stabilizers.
So what do you think, want to join me in the nerd-to-athlete mutation and work out along the streets of your neighborhood, the paths of the local park and let your community know that translators and interpreters have fun too?
- Why Your Training Is Keeping You (Skinny) Fat (shareitfitness.com)
- Move of the Week: Plie Squat and Bicep Curl, Plus Upright Row (fitnessandfeta.com)
- Your Life On Rollerblades: Healthier And Better For The Environment (fastcoexist.com)
- Low Impact Cardio For The Maximum Fitness (musclebodyfitness.org)
- Rollerblading in Riverside, CA (livestrong.com)
- The art of flying within (bcommanderinchic.com)
- Olympic transport bosses suggest rollerblading to avoid rush-hour traffic (dailymail.co.uk)
- 7 Summer Activities to Help You Lose Weight (johnisfit.com)