Sunday Thoughts (lose weight doing what?)

When we have a house full and the kids are here, it’s not unusual for us to play games.

I’m partial to Scrabble. I like backgammon. I’ve been known to play checkers, and other board games on occasion.

If you’re looking for a Pictionary partner, I’m your man. I don’t mean to brag (ok, Karen, simmer down) but… I am a Pictionary Picasso.

But I’ve never once played chess.

It’s strange, now that I think about it. Maybe it’s because nobody in my family plays. Maybe it seems too boring, or “high-brow” or complicated.

So I’ve never done it. And at my age, I probably won’t start. Which might not be smart, considering a story I just read.

Because not only is chess great for your mind, but the top players actually drop pounds playing.

I mean… a lot of weight.

It’s not unusual for tournament players to drop 2 lbs. a day, or 10-12 lbs. across a multi-day tournament.

Maybe that’s why I’ve avoided it, not that I don’t want to stay trim of course. But apparently the stress of playing burns the pounds right off you.

BP goes up. Muscles contract. Breathing intensifies. A chess player can burn 6,000 calories in a single day!

Back in the 80s, the World Chess Championship was called off because Anatoly Karpov dropped 22 lbs.

So if you are a chess player, watch what you eat – you may need a snack.

And if you’re not a player but you’re looking to drop a few, maybe you need to pick up a Queen or a Rook instead of a dumbbell.

Crazy, huh?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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