The Secret to a Long, Happy, and Healthy Life Is Cheerleading

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It’s Monday, the weekly nightmare of every working person with a 9 to 5 gig and also Garfield. There’s little to smile about today. Hell, there’s little to feel good about the world in general. There is, however, this story: According to the BBC, a group of South Korean women over the age of 70 have found happiness in “cheerobics,” a combination of cheerleading and aerobics. They are absolutely adorable in a way only a grandmother can be, and the video of them strutting their stuff in matching pink uniforms and pom-poms is particularly motivating. You can’t not smile while watching this. I’ve tried. It’s impossible.

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Don’t take my word for it, listen to Lee Jeong-suk, member of Team Nang Rang 18. She sincerely claims cheerobics cured her depression and I believe her:

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I am definitely not crying!

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Watch the full video here. I only wish they were able to license some of the K-Pop music these grannies dance to, but also maybe I don’t, that might be too much for my stupid idiot heart to handle. I love this.

No. Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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itsnotaboutthepasta
itsnotaboutthepasta

Counterpoint: If you are a mean teenage asshole, you will make the cheerleading experience absolutely fucking miserable for the rest of your squad, and life will seem long but NOT in a good way. Signed, someone who frequently fantasized about turning Victoria’s and Bethany’s arm stretches into chokeholds.

That being said, these women look like they’re having a lovely time, having outgrown teen-girl histrionics several decades ago. I wonder if they’d adopt me into their squad - I can still do a herky, maybe.