The benefits of exercise is a poem by Alan Balter


All my life I’ve been extra large, plus
I’m known as a very large fellow.
I would easily pass as a school district bus
If somebody painted me yellow.

“No secret to losing weight,” I’ve been told.
“Just cut the fat from your diet.”
“Get up and about even if it’s cold.”
Once again, I decided to try it.

But jogging was something senwoman doing yoga on stability ballseless to me,
And riding a bike seemed insane.
Joining a gym involved a large fee,
And lifting weights was a pain.

So for exercise I choose horseback riding.
It’s fun and easier than it sounds.
It’s a very effective form of dieting
‘Cause my horse lost forty pounds.

© Alan Balter