Let's be honest. Exercise is boring. I'm sure I'm not shocking anybody with this revelation. Yes, I know my wife is an aerobics instructor. Good for her. For me and just about everyone else I know, the thought of jumping around, or running in place, or pedaling non-stop for thirty to forty minutes is almost as interesting as watching paint dry. Except more painful.
Over the years I've tried to come up with some other activity to link to my exercise. Reading absolutely didn't work. I had a hard time using headphones on the treadmill. If I could figure out a way to play video games and work out, I'd do it (and I could probably make millions marketing it).
So I've settled for watching movies. I love movies. I love my DVDs. But lately I've felt that sitting on the couch and watching TV is a waste of my time. I'd much rather do something interactive. Even blogging is more interactive, but again, hard to do on an exercise bike. So after I got my HDTV, I made a very firm decision to link my movie watching with my exercise. I've got the bike setup right in front, and I have committed not to watch any movies unless I am pedaling.
This has worked remarkably well for me. When people ask if I look forward to exercising, I say, "Of course not!" But I do look forward to watching my movies, and I won't do that unless I'm on the bike. And now what happens is that when I do sit down to watch, some of my kids pull up chairs and watch with me. They get upset with me because when my workout session is over, I stop the movie, ready to pick it up again the next night. But it does create a sense of "cliffhanging." So I have even more of an incentive to keep up with it, because every day they nag me, "What time are you going to exercise? I want to watch more "Lord of the Rings"!" It also limits what we watch to things that are suitable for ages 10 and up, generally not a problem for me anyway.
For a while I have been meaning to make a little blog series on "Workout DVDs", following the movies we've been watching. I'm a little late getting going with this, but what the heck.
These past few weeks we've gone through "The Two Towers" and "Lawrence of Arabia." I just borrowed the "Indiana Jones Collection" from a friend, and we're two nights into "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
I don't need to say much about this movie. If you don't know anything about it, then you've been living in a cave in Afghanistan for the last 26 years and you're probably not reading this blog anyway.
However, I will say that it contains what I consider to be one of the top 10 best scenes in movie history:
It got me wondering, what exactly are the top 10 scenes in movie history? I'm sure everybody has their own list. I'd probably include the scene in "Planet of the Apes" with Chuck Heston and the Statue of Liberty. And that scene in "Scarface" where Pacino utters his infamous "Say hello to my leedle friend," or Dirty Harry's "Make my day."
What are your top 10 scenes?