I’m not a huge movie-watcher. I have a hard time sitting still, I can’t tell the characters apart because I’m really face-blind, and I’m kind of an elitist. But once in a while, the siren song of two-plus hours of very, very cold air conditioning, an incredulous husband, and no intellectual stimulation lures me. The action movie: a special kind of torture/pleasure. I roll my eyes a lot, but damned if I don’t always walk out saying, “dude, I should work out! I could totally be that badass.”
Last week, we watched “the edge of tom cruise,” or whatever the actual forgettable title was. And you know what stayed with me? Emily Blunt’s arms. She’s a beast. She kicks a lot of alien ass. And her character does yoga. . . I do yoga. . . ergo, maybe I could be beastly myself?
And it’s not just me. A few weeks ago, I signed up for a night-time fun 5-k (more on that later!). Max was out watching x-men with buddies, so I sent him a text to read when he got out, asking him to cheer me on— or, to join in (haha). And holy crap, he said he’d run. Why? Because Hugh Jackman.
I know, getting fitness/body inspiration from movies and media is a dangerous game. But here’s the thing: we were impressed by their looks, yes, but also (more?) by their actions. I didn’t just want the arms because they were good-looking, I wanted to do the insane moves. I wanted to be Chloe Grace Moretz in kick-ass— not blonde, but badass. To me, this is kind of like the difference between training to get strong— push-ups, runs, maybe some kinds of lifting (maybe that’s the appeal of crossfit for you loonies?). . . and training to get pretty— those vanity-muscle-islolating cybex machines. It’s ok to be vain, but it doesn’t make a very effective long-term motivator for a healthy lifestyle. Vain AND badass? Well, that’s just fine by me 🙂