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These are a few of our favorite things…

It just occurred to me the other day: 2020 could use a little more Julie Andrews. I’m talking “Sound of Music” Julie Andrews. Remember her?

Julie Andrews, captured in mid-alpine spin.

I saw the Sound of Music in a movie theater, a year after it was released. It was the first movie I saw in a theater. Remember movie theaters?

Movie theater, closed but not forgotten.

2020 has put us all in a major swivet. This calls for a decisive response. But can The Sound of Music deliver us from swivetude? Even Julie Andrews seems a bit worried.

Julie Andrews, worrying during The Sound of Music.

Well, worry not, dear readers. Rogers and Hammerstein anticipated our need and provided us with “My Favorite Things”:

However, this movie is 55 years old, and didn’t have to deal with workouts from home or mask wearing or any of our current woes. So how’s it supposed to help us?

We at Fit is a Feminist Issue got you. Some of our bloggers wrote some era- and fitness-specific lyrics to the song above for your singing-along pleasure. Enjoy…

Cate:

Handstands and wall-walks and headstands all scary

Front rack and goblets and weights I can carry

Dumbbells I trip on when working in zoom —

This is the mess of my pandemic room!

Adriene’s yoga and Alex’s classes

Spinning in zwift over fake mountain passes

Kettlebell parcels take months to arrive

Lockdown and fitness – how will I survive?

Bettina:

Hiking and running in weather refreshing;

Riding my bike down a hill oh so dashing (said with German accent, so it rhymes with refreshing)

Swimming in the pool as if I had fins,

these are a few of my favourite things!

Nicole:

Running outside, but not breathing on others

Park workouts and green grass have become my druthers

Virtual yoga is an opportunity to stretch

After spinning inside so I won’t become a kvetch

Martha:

Big plates on the bar, new accessories to learn

New circuit options from my trainer deluxe

Toolbox with foam rollers, ropes and some bands

These are a few of my favourite things…

When the knees lift!

When the bar moves!

When I’m feeling good…

I simply remember my favorite things,

And then I’m moving real fast!

Marjorie:

Inverted rows below the dining room table;

Step ups and step downs on the stairs as I’m able;

Pause squats and front squats and squats one point five,

These are the lifts that help me to survive!

Running a few miles on each of my Sundays

Warm-up and stretching reduce soreness Mondays

Long walks at dusk to catch the last rays of sun

Safety vest, headlamp and ipod for fun.

When I lug weight plates,

to the back yard,

When I’m feeling bad…

I simply do deadlifts with all of my strength–

and then I don’t feel so sad!

Catherine:

Zooming with yoga and getting more bendy

Riding outside when it’s warm but not windy

Pedaling fast as my bicycle sings

These are a few of my favorite things…

beaches and lakesides with blue water lapping;

swimming then lying in sunshine while napping;

blue sky as clear as a bell when it rings

these are a few of my favorite things!

When my Zoom class

crashes on me,

When I’m going mad;

I simply reboot and then take a deep breath,

and then I don’t feel— soooo baaaaad!

Hey readers, musical theater buffs, lyricists and all survivors of 2020: what are some of your favorite things? Tell us, either in prose or lyric, and we’ll hum it as we read.

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