A Greek Workout

A Greek Workout

Despite their huge appetites, Greeks are well known for their godly physiques, toned torsos, and mythical muscles (ahem). So how do they do it?

Here is my guide to a typical Greek workout to get you in tip top condition:

Workout for Men:

1. Raise morning cup of coffee to lips, sip, and bring back down again. This will loosen those stiff joints. For extra bonus points, lift and blow on cup before sipping. (Suitable for all ages).

2. Stand and reach for morning cigarette. If possible, go outside front or back door to breathe in fresh air while puffing away. (Suitable for all ages).

3. Take a brisk walk to the betting shop next door. Walk back. (Usually favoured by the older generation.)

4. Bend down to pick newspaper off the front matt. (Suitable for all ages).

5. After returning from work/school, dash up the stairs before Mama/Yiayia has a chance to ask why/where/how/who you spent the day with. (For the youngsters and for those who have stairs).

6. Spend at least thirty minutes gelling your hair into an appropriate style – this should work the arm muscles and stretch out the torso. (Favoured by the youngsters – great upper body workout).

7. Spend one hour sitting on the toilet reading the paper/magazine/facebook – squeeze and tense the Gluteus Maximus at 5 minute intervals for a pert behind. (Suitable for all ages).

8. Play an intense game of Tavli – the motion of throwing the dice will work the wrist and arm. (Suitable for all ages).

9. Lovingly wash your car for three hours taking time to vacuum the inside, steam clean the windows and polish the foot pedals – an excellent all over work out. (Suitable for all ages – may take longer for the older generation.)

10. Spend an evening out at the local Bouzoukia and dance the night away. (ONLY FOR THE VERY FIT!).

Workout for Women:

1. Raise morning cup of coffee to lips, sip, and bring back down again. This will loosen those stiff joints. For extra bonus points, lift and blow on cup before sipping. (Suitable for all ages).

2. Repeat with a cup of tsai (tea). (Suitable for all ages).

3. Lay the table at least three times a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner – make sure to stretch all limbs as you lay out the plates. (Suitable for all ages).

4. Spend one hour brushing, blowdrying and taming frizzy hair – this should work the arm muscles and stretch out the torso. (Favoured by the youngsters).

5. Mop/vacuum the floor/dust – this is a great workout for the whole body, you could even incorporate a few lunges. (Suitable for all ages – lunges are not recommended for those suffering with knee problems, or those with very tight jeans.)

6. Spend several hours chopping, grating, baking, plucking, grilling food in the kitchen. (Usually favoured by the older generation – works most muscles).

7. Heat up lunch/dinner made by Mama/Yiayia in microwave. Open and close microwave door several times to check on food and work the arm muscles. (Favoured by the youngsters).

8. Spend several hours talking on the phone, switching hands frequently – if the phone is cordless/mobile, walk around the house whilst talking, if the phone is not cordless incorporate some air leg cycling movements into the workout – also works the arm muscles. (Suitable for all ages).

9. Dash down the stairs and out the door after getting ready for a night out so that Mama/Yiayia/Baba/Papou/next door neighbour won’t see all the make up you’ve plastered on and the sky-scraper heels and ask why/where/who you are going out with tonight. (Great leg work out and calorie burner favoured by the youngsters).

10. Spend an evening out at the local Bouzoukia and dance the night away in ridiculously high heels. (ONLY FOR THE VERY FIT!).

Opa!

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7 Comments

  1. 3rd November 2014 / 1:58 pm

    As a Cypriot, I can vouch for Ekaterina’s advice. I have been doing this very same workout for most of my life, and I can attribute my tall rigid slender body to this…even at 64!! Good luck everyone.

  2. 3rd November 2014 / 1:51 pm

    Now the kids have left home, No 9 is my workout….

  3. 3rd November 2014 / 10:01 am

    I think I am well up for. Greek male exercise regime 🙂

  4. 3rd November 2014 / 9:57 am

    Excellent workout. In the days gone by, I used to watch “Aerobics Oz Style” on TV and say, wow. I have exercised a lot today!

    • 3rd November 2014 / 9:58 am

      Well done Rajiv!! Haha!

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