Turn homes into obstacle courses to improve people's agility, dexterity, and strength
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Darko SavicDec 22, 2021
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Improve people's agility, dexterity, and strength, via a modular obstacle course system that is placed all around the home. Make rooms, hallways, and furniture progressively more challenging to use. Also, make periodic changes to the obstacles to spice things up.
While deciding to go to the gym can feel mentally challenging, going to the kitchen is just one climb away. You're never too busy to go to the toilet. It's just a climb and a crawl away.
Build and maintain agility, dexterity, and strength.
Build exercise into your everyday life.
Seamlessly divide workouts into chunks and scatter them throughout the day.
Help your body keep entropy at bay. More growth = slower decay.
How it works
Hard foam blocks
It starts simple, with lego-like foam blocks that are bonded together with velcro hook/loop fastening ribbons. The foam is hard enough to support your weight but still soft enough to cushion a fall. The blocks are used to build obstacles all around the house.
Make people climb over an obstacle on the way to the toilet or crawl through a narrow tube on the way to the kitchen. Make the obstacle impossible to bypass so that people have to accept them as a new way of moving around the home.
When traversing the obstacles gets easy, come up with new ones and remodel the blocks.
Different difficulty levels for adults and kids
Families with small kids might need to make parts of the obstacless less difficult so that kids can traverse them. Those could become the weak sections that a tired adult might use as a shortcut. Build the obstalces so that where kids can crawl through a section an adult would rather climb over it.
Modular steel system
People that are ready to commit to this new lifestyle could mount an universal railing system on the walls. They could then add to it all kinds of DIY obstacles.
DIY wooden obstacles
Wood is affordable and most people should be able to use it. Depending on your woodworking skills and tools, you might be able to make the obstacles look good.
From novice ot pro
It starts simple but there is no limit to how much you can demand of yourself. There is no reason your home/furniture couldn't be traversed like this:
Do you have an idea for a cool obstacle? Please share it below.
I first found this and this while searching the web. Although it is fun, it could be frustrating to pass it while you're in a hurry. Also, since not everybody has enough room to create and put cool obstacles you mentioned above around the house, nor has room to store it while not being used, I propose using digital technology to create obstacles.
You could buy lasers and mirrors and do the DIY version of your home laser obstacle course. Every time you "touch" the laser beam, the noise signal would be heard and your daily score would consequently be lower. The laser beam could be narrow or wide as shown in this photo. If you want an advanced laser obstacle course, you could even do the moving laser course!
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Monkey bars and climbing walls to move around the house
J. NikolaDec 23, 2021
As shown in this photo, you could install monkey bars to move around the house. These could be combined with climbing walls to make the experience more diverse. These could also be installed for kids to climb their bunk beds, reach hidden sugar stash in the closet high above the ground.
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Wall to wall, cushioned hallway obstacle
Darko SavicDec 23, 2021
Having to climb over a cushioned obstacle like this would be a good start. It would be fun for the entire family. It would be ideally placed between the two most frequently used rooms in your home. You could bypass the climb by crawling through the hole. This would probably be more frequently used by kids.
Since it spans the entire width of the hallway, there is no way of getting around it. So you might as well get used to it and begin perfecting your gracious climbing technique.