Why To Exercise Today: Kitty Litter

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I'd never seen work-outs like these: Great leaps up onto weight benches; all kinds of fancy pull-ups and push-ups; self-challenges that turn the barbell section into a playground.

I got to talking the other day to the young woman who performs these awe-inspiring feats at my gym, and one of the comments she made was, "The point of exercise is to be able to do things with your body."

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Light bulb. I thought of her this week when I carted home two big tubs of kitty litter to stave off an urgent litter crisis. I carried the tubs in from the car, noting that they felt a bit heavy but not problematically so.

Then I checked on the labels: 30 pounds each. This, I thought, is reason #13 (The first 12 are here) to lift weights: Kitty litter. Please stay tuned; there are more to come.

This program aired on January 18, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth section.