A recent study by the BMJ found that a walking style made famous in a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe is actually vigorous exercise. Studies published in the annual holiday edition of the British Medical Journal, which traditionally highlights legitimate but offbeat research, indicate that a brief but brisk ‘silly walk’, similar to that made popular by Mr Teabag (John Cleese) in the Python’s iconic Silly Walks sketch, could improve your health dramatically.
Employing the combination of high-tech science and a tittering adolescent’s sensibility, the study set out to determine the physiological effects of ambling around a track in the manner of the actor John Cleese, playing the apparently boneless Mr. Teabag, the head of the Ministry of Silly Walks, or Michael Palin’s Mr. Putey, a wannabe silly walker whose screwball stroll needs work.
Given the clear cardio-vascular benefits of any type of ‘silly walk’, one may want grab your bowler hat and briefcase and to head to Prague this weekend as Monty Python‘s Silly Walk makes a triumphant return to the streets of Prague, marking the first time in a decade that the Czech capital has witnessed this annual display of bowler hats and sideways strides. The last known large silly walk gathering in Prague was in 2012.