A Walk In The Park: Pure Magic

12 Oct

By Phillip Tomlinson

It was magic alright.

Right there in a place which back then was called Crown Mines.

That was more than a few years back in South Africa.

I saw them doing what turned out to be commonplace — practicing the art of magic. 

Well, not exactly the kind of magic you’re thinking. 

You see, you may not classify walking as magic, but that’s what they were all doing — one after another.  Walking.

Definitely not the David Blaine kinda magic but, nevertheless, street magic.  But then again, Blaine often goes walking too.  Difference is his slight-of-hand always captures a mesmerized crowd.

And, no, no crowds gathered in awe of any these women.

I know, you’re probably thinking that whatever they were doing couldn’t have been all that magical afterall.

Well, let’s put it this way:  If everyday there were an army of Blaines out there doing what he does, pretty soon it would become just something that he and others like him do.

Okay, you get my drift.  

But, now, let me ask you this:

Have you ever seen a balancing act that goes on for ever and ever?  Of course not.  Performances don’t go on for ever and ever.

Well, for these women, this daily magic kinda went on for ever and ever.  This was definitely no performance.  Just life happening as they balanced heavy loads — like a huge basket or container of water — on their head for long distances while, at times, bearing additional load or even a baby in their hands.

Well, guess what?  When it comes to physical fitness, we can all perform some magic that — like in the case of  these women — could become just something we do.  life happening.  Second nature.  A walk in the park.

The good thing is when this happens the magic never stops because, like the women of Crown Mines, you’ll find yourself covering a lotta distance without batting an eye.

If you’d like to be able to go the distance and then some, check out the no-nonsense core exercise in the BodinSync Prescription below.  It’s a real balancing act, so it may not exactly be a walk in the park.  Not yet anyway.  But give it a try, stick with it and watch magic happen.




  1. Assume a pushup position with your feet supported by a medicine ball as in the diagram below. 
  2. Be sure to keep your back as straight as possible without allowing your midsection to belly toward the floor.
  3. Try holding the position for 10 to 15 seconds.  If you need to get used to balancing, concentrate only on that.  Also, if you find that your core is not yet strong enough to hold you up for balancing, start out by raising your hips to form a V with your body.  You will find that the more you practice, the stronger your core muscles will become.
  4. If you can already balance in a full pushup position, try raising one foot off the ball for two seconds doing five repetitions.  Do the same with the other foot.  If you find this too easy, do 10 repetitions.  Still too easy?  Then, in a very smooth motion, remove one foot from the ball, retracting your knee toward your chest, before returning to the original position.  Do the same with the other foot.  Keep doing this until you are smoothly walking on top of the ball.

This is your walk in the park.  But it doesn’t end here.  You see, while there are often lots of people who walk in the park, there are some who also jog.  YES, JOG.  So, when you can walk smoothly on the ball, start moving your feet faster and you will find that you are actually doing a little jog on the ball.  And when you get to this point, you may feel like mixing things up.  So, guess what? Jog 1o paces on the ball and do a pushup.  That’s one repetition.  Think you have it in you to aim for 10?

NOTE:  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to  nattydregs@aol.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $30


2 Responses to “A Walk In The Park: Pure Magic”

  1. tina October 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Great article. A quick and fun read.

    I liked the picture. Very helpful.

    • Phillip Tomlinson October 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

      Thanks for reading. Glad it was of some help.

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