This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

October 2, 2009

An Exercise in Old School Friday

Filed under: Uncategorized — pprscribe @ 12:50 pm

The Old School Friday creators are trying to make me feel guilty, to shame and embarrass me. See, the theme for this week is music that you exercise to. You see the problem, right? The theme assumes that one does exercise—and on such a regular basis that one has a soundtrack full of tunes expressly for that purpose.

I could just jump right into the theme: “Ooooo, good theme these are my ABsolute FAvorite jams to exercise to this is a song I like to RUN on the TREADmill to and THIS is my jam for WEIGHT and STRENGTH training….”

But I refuse to lie.

Throughout my life I have tried to be a regular exerciser. I have tried to play team sports and have gone to funk aerobics lessons. I have signed up for private squash lessons and bought expensive gym memberships. I have tried having an “exercise buddy” and I have tried to exercise with my exercise-loving spouse as part of our Us-Time. I have created elaborate playlists on my iPod, complete with appropriate beat-per-minute calculations for warm-up, work-out-and cool-down cycles. I have signed up for walks to raise money for charity. I have purchased nice work-out clothes and high-tech sports bras and proper footwear and work-out bags.

Nothing I have done so far has worked for long. All of my efforts at physical fitness have been exercises in futility.

I simply do not enjoy exercising. Never have. I have never experienced “runner’s high”—that is, unless the folks trying to convince me of it’s realness have a different definition of “high” than I do. I do not find the interactions with other exercisers pleasant, thus cannot do it for the social scene. I find most exercising absolutely boring. I am not very competitive when it comes to playing sports.

And I absolutely hate to sweat.

OK. I have testified.

Now let me also say that, at 45 years old, I recognize that a regular exercise program is essential if I am to have the relatively healthy middle and older age that I desire. I realize that the great metabolism that was my lover for most of my life has left me for someone more deserving. I do not desire to feel as if I have run a marathon just by walking up two flights of steps. I need to begin—and maintain—a serious fitness program.

So, I am going to try the exercise thing again. I will. And when I do, I already have an idea of what songs will be playing in my headphones. For exercise I am partial to dance music: disco, house, techno, go-go—it does not matter. Anything with a relentless beat and, preferably, lyrics shouting at me to “MOVE IT PUSH IT DO IT WORK IT FASTER STRONGER ONE MORE TIME!”

I’ll include these songs on my Ultimate, Absolute Going to Work This Time Exercise Routine Playlist. I can’t wait to see what other OSFers have on their playlists that I might include as well. Happy Old School Friday and have an active and healthy weekend!

“Finally” by CeCe Peniston

“One More Time” by Daft Punk

“Whip It” by Devo

“Cosmic Girl” by Jamiroquai

“Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango


As always, a big thank you to OSF hostesses, Marvalus at Conversations with Marva and MrsGrapevine.

Please check out the rules for joining and list of other OSF participants here.



  1. Now “Whip It” is a song I must add to my playlist! You have some very interesting choices here!
    Have a great weekend!

    Comment by regina — October 2, 2009 @ 6:42 pm

  2. I am going to let you and Regina work with “Whip It”. That’s if I want my workout to last longer than 3 minutes *lol*. That song is a road map for failure. I mean, I tried a little test run. Well, I lifted my leg and by the time I got it back down, 3 beats had gone by. Really, Whip It whiped me.

    But Soul Mokossa is what an old soul desires. Yep, I felt like grabbing my spear and running into the jungle. That song was for the down-beat in me. I could work with that baby — on the second beat.

    GO FEVER! But big girl better stay down in the paint. She knows her big behind doesn’t need to be fading away from the basket. That left hand move WAS sweet!

    Comment by careycarey — October 2, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

  3. Oh, I forgot, I have a replacement song ….Shoop by Salt-n-Pepa. Now that’s a song that you and Mr. Doctor can slim to.

    Comment by careycarey — October 2, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

  4. Yes, Regina, girl—add “Whip It.” You will not be able to help moving around jerkily and actin a fool while working out! LOL You have a great one, too.

    And LOL @ CareyCarey. Put your spear down, son! That song does, however, “put Africa up in your spine” as a friend of mine used to say about songs with a certain groove like that.

    And you bedda not be talking about my Fever!

    Comment by pprscribe — October 2, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  5. I hate to sweat, too…I think I walk faster knowing that I’m going to shower than I actually do when I’m walking to exercise!

    These are great choices! Happy OSF!

    Comment by Marvalus — October 4, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

  6. Well, thank god I missed last week!

    Guess I’m early for this week – Oct 9th – but I bypassed the theme because today is John Lennon’s birthday and I wanted to honor that.

    Happy OSF>

    Comment by Pop Art Diva — October 9, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

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