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Friday, July 15, 2005

Lifehack: Hacky Sack -- The Perfect Exercise For Geeks?

Footbag (or "hacky sack") could be the perfect form of exercise for tech geeks.
  • more fun than running or lifting weights
  • a sport that works whether or not other players are present
  • can be played indoors or outdoors, barefoot or shod, in large or small spaces (walls help!)
  • looks kind of cool when you get good at it (impressive Quicktime movie)
Note: Be sure to get a sand-filled footbag, rather than those leather or crocheted pellet ones. Sand-filleds give you way more control.


  • hej

    if it is what i think than it is nice and even in europe (spain, germany) already quite popular .. on beaches and so on ;)

    ..go on

    i prefer some more "smooth" things like tai chi ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/22/2005 4:46 p.m.  

  • Hi perriger - Tai Chi, hey? Good for you for finding a type exercise that works for you.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 7/23/2005 11:10 a.m.  

  • As a true geek, I use one made from chainmail. Good for exercise, _and_ for chasing away those annoying folks who continue to bother one while at work!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/18/2005 9:56 a.m.  

  • Chainmail? Floozle you are a true geek indeed.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 9/19/2005 9:44 p.m.  

  • thats cool and also true it is great exercise
    but do you know the pattern they used???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/22/2005 6:07 p.m.  

  • Hi Anon - pattern? You mean the seam pattern of the footbag depicted in the picture?

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 11/22/2005 10:19 p.m.  

  • Sorry, but you guys don't know anything. For a look at what REAL Freestyle Footbag is like, check this out:

    Here's the 3 time World Footbag Champion:

    Guarenteed to blow your minds! This is more than really good hacky sack. This is a completely different sport. Hope you like it.

    Also, the chain mail bags are for sale here:

    By Blogger Evan Lovely, at 12/05/2005 12:34 a.m.  

  • Hi Evan - Thanks for posting those videos (tho don't have time at the moment to check them out)

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 12/05/2005 11:37 p.m.  

  • I just wanted to say sorry for saying "you guy don't know anything" It was late and it just kinda came off the tips of the fingers. Hope to hear you that you get to check them out and enjoy them.


    By Blogger Evan Lovely, at 12/08/2005 8:22 a.m.  

  • Heh - sounds like you are pretty enthusiastic about the Lovely Glow Tripless footbags :-)

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 12/09/2005 7:56 p.m.  

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