Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Inspired by Exercise

Exercise as inspiration? Well, sure, why not? Once we force ourselves to do it, we always feel better, right? More energetic, happier, less likely to eat an entire cake in one sitting.

Ideally I would like to take my exercise like Miss Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice…setting off for a three-mile walk to Netherfield to check on her sister, Jane. After her sisters walk her as far as Meryton, Elizabeth continues her walk alone, “crossing field after field at a quick pace, jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity, and finding herself at last within view of the house, with weary ankles, dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.”

My neighbourhood being what it is (slightly less picturesque) I head to the local gym for my exercise. The view from the elliptical trainer is no more inspiring, though, so I rely on music for my motivation. The typical playlists found online and in women’s health magazines are heavy on Lady Gaga and the like, but that doesn’t get me going. So, I had to do some creative googling to come up with a list of songs that works for me.

Here is a sampling of what I added to my playlist:

“Nearly Lost You”—Screaming Trees
“Seven Nation Army”—The White Stripes
“Wanna Be Sedated”—The Ramones
“Bizarre Love Triangle”—New Order
“Lose Yourself”—Eminem
“Beat It”—Michael Jackson
“I Love Rock N’ Roll”—Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”—Nirvana
“Super Freak”—Rick James
“Yellow Ledbetter”—Pearl Jam (for cooling down)
Let me know if you have any ideas for me. I wonder what songs Miss Elizabeth would have chosen if she had an MP3 player?


  1. I have never seen exercise advice before from the Bennet sisters:) What a fun encouragement this morning!

  2. Whatever works to get us exercising, right Victoria? :)