You don’t usually think of writing and getting buff in the same context, but this winter a couple fellow writers have inspired me to change up my usual “just run every day and try not to fall down” winter routine. The first was Athena Marie, whose blog I stumbled on just as she was starting to get in shape for a body-building competition. You know how every once in a while you come across about something so different from anything in your world, you just have to find out more? I’ve been following her progress ever since, and decided to try some weight workouts at the local “gym,” which is more like an exercise room down at the community center. Not that I’d ever do a competition like she’s doing, even if they had a senior division. The weightlifting part is nifty, but the rest of it involves way too much money, tilapia, and bikini wax. No friggin’ way!
Then I found out about Fitocracy from J, which despite the scary name is actually a site where you log your workouts, do quests, chit-chat with other people, etc., to make the whole thing into a kind of a game. It’s pretty fun. If anyone’s interested in joining, let me know and I’ll send you an invite.
I doubt I’ll be able convince myself to exercise indoors once spring hits, but for now I’m thinking running on ice and other winter guck is pretty slow going anyway. With all the weight work, hopefully by spring I’ll be able to lift my kayak more easily, so I can get it down to the creek for a row without busting something before I even get into the water.
After the weights comes the elliptical trainer, which has to be about the most boring thing in the world. Especially if you’re not interested in weekday morning TV, and I’m not. The good part is that it forced me to learn how to do mixes on my iTunes, so that I can change up my music every time I work out. It’s more fun when you don’t know what song’s coming next.
Yoshimi Battle the Pink Robots, Flaming lips — “She has to discipline her body, ‘cause you know it would be tragic if those evil robots win”
The Lady is a Tramp, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga — Only it sounds like Tony’s singing “That’s why the lady is a champ”
Second Skin, the Gits — gotta have punk
Depression-Unemployment Lines, the Casualties — and more punk
Bottle of Pain, Combichrist — “If we’re goin’ to Hell tonight, I ain’t goin’ without a fight”
My Body, Young the Giant — “My body tells me no, but I won’t quit ‘cause I want more” And yeah, the way he sings it “no,” it rhymes with “more.”
The Girl from Ipanema, Amy Winehouse cover — “Tall and tan and young and lovely” –yeah, that’s me. . . Not!
Cherry Waves, Deftones — a slow song, but it’s got a perfect rhythm going on under the surface
That’s What the Water Gave Me, Florence & the Machine — since we’re already wet. . .
And by that time it would take a live performance from Nirvana to keep me on that damn machine!