Brothers beat the heat, play basketball for fitness
Published 2:00 am Tuesday, July 21, 2015
By Quinta Goines
Hot temperatures this weekend did not stop two brothers from enjoying the sport they love and using the heat to their advantage.
When The Dart landed on Justin Flowers and Lindsay Marsh they were playing one-on-one basketball at a local basketball court Sunday evening.
Saturday and Sunday’s temperatures were forecast for upper 90s with a heat index of 107. Although the weekend’s temperatures were scorchers, Flowers and Marsh said the heat didn’t bother them.
Flowers is a graduate student attending Troy University for public administration and Marsh works in the area. “This is just what we like to do in our spare time when we are not working or in school,” Marsh said. “Plus there’s not really anything else to do in Troy.”
Aside from having fun, Flowers’ main goal for playing basketball was to reach a goal of 10,000 steps for the day.
“It’s an app on my phone that tells me how many steps I take, so basketball just helps me get in enough steps for the day,” he said.
They were aware that Pike County had a heat advisory set until 9 p.m. Sunday but that did not detour the guys from playing round after round of basketball.
“We’ve been out here since about four this evening, but yesterday I went running at noon,” Flowers said. “I’m really using the hot temperatures and sweating to my advantage to drop some weight.”
Sunday’s temperature hit 100 degrees in Troy, and the heat advisory has been extended until noon on Tuesday for southern parts of Alabama.