Happy New Year!
Okay, yes, I realize we are well into the new year – halfway through January already! I also realize it is not Monday, it is Tuesday. I decided to cheat a little bit – I’ve wanted to get this post up for a while, but things have been a little crazy around here lately and it was just taking too long. I can’t believe this is my first real post of 2014! I hope you’ll forgive my absence, because I have lots of good things in the works – plenty of crafts and tutorials and, of course, more Movie Mondays!
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I’m sure most of us have been drinking our fill of all the inspiring New Year-esque posts out there on the interwebs – new workouts, motivations, recipes, organizing plans, and whatnot. It may seem cliché, but I think we all secretly enjoy the fresh start of the new year, even if you’re not a resolution person. Since working out is always a big deal this time of year, I thought I’d share some of MY inspirations for keeping in shape – which of course are movies! Here’s my short list of movies to inspire your workout this year!
By now, you know well that I am a sucker for movies, and almost always have one playing in the background while I craft. A few of them do double duty for me, in that they inspire me to get up off my duff and get MOVING – mostly because the characters/actresses in them show me how I’d really like to look and feel myself. Some of them also have pretty awesome soundtracks that make it into my gym playlist.
The films in this list are here because A) they have some rockin’ fit bodies to inspire you and B) they are FUN! I’m sure there are dozens and dozens I’ve missed, but it is because I either haven’t seen them or they’re just not my style. Charlie’s Angels is one of my favorite feel-good-fun-films. I love the updated take on the classic show, the humor, and the look. Campy? Of course, but that’s half the fun. The ladies are fit and fashionable. Besides, Cameron Diaz made me want to run out and buy adult-sized superhero Underoos.
Sequels aren’t always spectacular, but I love this one – the girls are still in top form, and the addition of an extremely fit Demi Moore gives us hope for our over-40 bodies. The soundtrack to the sequel ROCKS, and the whole thing is on my gym playlist – it always gets me moving. The scene where the Angels are moving Natalie into her new house and suddenly stop for a Hammer-time dance break is so cute, and yes – Hammer-time made the playlist. Think YOU could keep yourself from breaking out to Hammer-time? I couldn’t.
Some of the movies that inspire me the most are old movies. Why? Well, for one, my favorite old movies are musicals, and man, do I wish I could dance like these women! They were immensely talented, and clearly worked hard at their craft. Ann Miller was an amazing dancer – she and Cyd Charisse are two old stars that always get me on my feet.
Well, I said Cyd Charisse. She doesn’t say a word in this movie, but she’s got a great beautiful scene with Gene Kelly that ought to give you plenty of dance inspiration. The rest of the movie works well too – who wouldn’t want to wear those great 1920’s period costumes!? Fashion alone can inspire you to get in shape – as you’ll see in my next pick.
AAAAHHHHH, I LOVE this show!!!! Yes, I’m one of those people who owns the whole series, and yes, I watch it – often. I just love it. Then I noticed an increase in my gym attendance whenever I was working my way through the series again in my crafty time. We all know Jennifer Aniston is really fit, and neither Courtney Cox nor Lisa Kudrow is in bad shape either, but I attribute my desire to work out when I watch FRIENDS to be based more on a desire to WEAR THEIR CLOTHES. Seriously, the outfits in this show were amazing. (Well, more so after the extreme 90’s of seasons 1 & 2, but you know what I mean.) I want Monica and Rachel’s wardrobe, and I want to look as good as they do in it. What does that mean? It means I need to work off this belly pooch!
(I’m also aware that FRIENDS isn’t a movie, but you CAN watch it on DVD – so there.)
Fashion as inspiration once again! Really, besides being funny, this show gives us the drive and motivation to live the dream: to drink cocktails and wear couture. They hint at working out in the show with the occasional yoga class scene, and somewhere down deep I really want to believe that I can just go to a few yoga or Pilates classes and be able to fit into designer fashions. Why not dream a little?
Back to dance – and really, dance is one of the greatest ways to achieve that slender yet fit look so many women covet. I don’t think too many of us desire to be ultrathin or scary skinny, do we? I want to look healthy and feminine. Dancers pull that off nicely. I love that the actors in this film did their own dancing – adds so much more to the film when you’re not stuck with faceless stunt doubles – and what a fun way to keep in shape! The songs from this show (the original Broadway soundtrack is amazing as well) will have you toe-tapping in no time!
Kate is one of those celebs that I can watch in pretty much anything when I need a “Get Fit” fix. She’s got a killer body – when I first saw her in Glee, looking like she does in the above picture, I’m pretty sure I subconsciously set down whatever snack I had in hand. THOSE ABS. Now that is the very picture of fit and feminine I mentioned earlier!
I’m pretty sure any woman who says she doesn’t want to look like Jennifer Aniston is lying. Jennifer may be one of the tiniest women I’ve ever seen (yes, I saw her in person once, and she gives new meaning to the word petite) but she’s also in incredible shape. She looks like you could bounce quarters of practically any part of her. I enjoy most of her films, so it’s nice to be able to have some laughs and also be subconsciously inundated with images of the body I could have…if I stopped watching the movies and got to the gym, of course.
So there you have it – my favorite flicks and inspirations for working towards that healthy figure we all crave. I know it sounds counter-productive to sit and watch movies for fitness inspiration, but all I can share is what works for me. Besides – watching movies can be a fun way TO WORK OUT! Yes! Pop in your favorite movie and enjoy it while squatting, lunging, planking, etc! I am in no way whatsoever a fitness expert, but I love sneaking workouts in to my already busy day this way. May not seem like much, but a little is better than nothing!