When I think of Philadelphia, the first thought that comes to mind is the cheesesteak. Not exactly the healthiest of all notions. But the second thought I have? Is of Rocky. What is more inspirational than Rocky running up the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art? I can’t think of anything much more quintessentially fit-Philly than that. But the fam and I recently took a trip to the City of Brotherly Love and came across another site filled with healthy inspiration: The Franklin Institute.
The Franklin Institute is full of exhibits that are tons of fun for kids and parents alike. One cardiac-heavy exhibit was about all things heart. And there was a ginormous walk-through heart that stole the show. It’s so big that it would be an accurate size for a human who is 220 feet tall.
A fun tunnel allows kids to crawl through an artery. A replicated surgical area for open heart surgery makes you really want to avoid landing on the operating table—particularly when you see all the surgical instruments. A talking vending machine tells you all about nutrition of common vending machine items—and made me think it would be totally brilliant if you had that option before you buy at a real vending machine.
One exhibit was based entirely on sports, and then last but not least there was the Sky Bike, which I totally had to try. It’s a bike you can ride 28-feet above the ground across a 60-foot wire. A 250-pound weight prevents it from tipping over, although you can tip back and forth to play with the center of gravity.
Seriously, when else would I have the opportunity to essentially tightrope bike in the air? It was pretty crazy. I did try to lean to get it to tip back and forth, but I’ll admit that while I tried, I didn’t try very hard.
Have you gotten any fitness or health inspiration in an unexpected place lately? Ridden a bike across a tightrope? —Erin