I need to exercise more regularly.
Wouldn’t it be great if I could combine my love of record collecting with an exercise plan?
Well, yesterday I read an interview with Henry Rollins in the Creative Independent in which he said:
“I do a lot of pushups. You know how people have drinking games where every time someone says something you got to take a drink? I try to listen to a lot of records every day, so at night I’ll play a bunch of singles. Every time you flip the single over, you have to go do 15 or 20 pushups on your knuckles. And so, if you want to hear the other song, you gotta do your pushups. I get up, flip the record, pushups, and sit down. After a night of listening, I will be dead because I’ve done so many pushups. I’m always trying to burn calories and trying and get myself worn out enough to sleep. That’s the problem: Getting tired enough to sleep.” (emphasis mine)
I have been listening to a lot of 45s lately in order to play grade them to sell in my Discogs store. I laughed thinking about how I could drop down on the floor and do push ups while play grading these 45s and maybe that would be enough of an exercise plan for me to get somewhat in shape. I can guarantee if it makes Henry Rollins tired that I would be tired after playing one or two 45s.
If I ever wanted to use my love for records to challenge myself to get in shape, this might be the best way to do it.
Thanks for the idea, Henry.
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