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Turn homes into obstacle courses to improve people's agility, dexterity, and strength

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Dec 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.
Why?
  • 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:


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Laser obstacles

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J. Nikola
J. Nikola Dec 23, 2021
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.
Using lasers
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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Adi B8 months ago
It should be made competitive digitally against your friends somehow too!
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J. Nikola
J. Nikola8 months ago
Adi B Really cool suggestion!
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Monkey bars and climbing walls to move around the house

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J. Nikola
J. Nikola Dec 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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Darko Savic
Darko Savica year ago
I actually have this planned. You could hang all sorts of stuff on such monkey bars. Climbing nets, a hanging bridge, climb-through tunnel that moves around as you pass through, etc.
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Wall to wall, cushioned hallway obstacle

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Dec 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.

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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovica year ago
I'm glad you included cushioned obstacles, as the first thing that popped into my mind with house obstacles was safety. At the gym, we're surrounded by others, so we tend to be more conscious of potential hazards because we don't want to embarrass ourselves. At home, there isn't that social pressure, so we tend to take bigger risks and be more reckless in environments where our egos won't get bruised.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica year ago
I'm in the process or having one of these done. A slightly less user friendly version of the above
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobia year ago
I think this is a good idea for a business that can set it up as a service. You contact them, they come in and set it up, and you pay a fee. It could even be a subscription arrangement where they maintain the obstacles for you on a consistent basis. And when time is up, they come in and dismantle the objects.
I also think this idea is best suited to families with kids. It's a way to ensure your kids, who probably have unlimited physical energy, have a way to expend them and have fun.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica year ago
My initial idea was more radical. To turn the entire house into something that is navigated like an anthill. Imagine having to climb through an opening at the top of a doorway to enter a room. In time it would become easy. You would get so good at it that you could do it with your eyes closed, in the middle of the night. Someone that was born into it wouldn't even find it unusual. They would just be agile and strong (possibly healthier?) like our predecessor species.
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J. Nikola
J. Nikolaa year ago
This idea is nice for everyday routines, but it could also be enhanced to a whole another level and serve as the ultimate playground for the kids as shown in videos one and two.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica year ago
Imagine having to crawl through the obstacle shown in the header image. You would go through or over it on the way to the toilet or kitchen. That's quite a few pushups every day.
The body adjusts to the lifestyle and environment
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