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I want an exercise/fitness icon, and I'd prefer a manga one, but I'm having little luck remembering anything that would work, especially if I want to use a female character. I tried one of the frames of Revy (Black Lagoon) doing her crazy reverse pullups belowdecks from vol. 7, but it isn't coming out very well - too much of the scene was hidden by speech balloons to really get an idea of what she's doing once it's cropped in tightly.

Anyone have any ideas?

I can always do something with a photo from Flickr Creative Commons, but that's not what I really want.



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Apr. 29th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Your current icon made e think of it: how about the scene in Fruits Basket where Kyo and Tohru are on the roof, and she play-punches?
Apr. 30th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)

Yes, actually, there are a couple of pics that might work, early on in FB - there's the field day scene where Haru first shows up, too. I could use the one of Tohru gamely trying her best on the run. (Ouran also has a field day sequence - I should see whether anything from that would work.)


Apr. 29th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
I can't think of any manga, but when I think female and exercise, I think Linda Hamilton in T2.
Apr. 30th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)

Umm ... the trouble with that is that I've never seen it! I'm weird with video media - there's a lot I haven't seen that would seem to be de rigueur for a fannish person.

May. 1st, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
I think you would really enjoy that. The dynamics hold a definite appeal....
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Apr. 30th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)

I really don't like exercise very much, but I hate what happens to me when I don't get it even more.

Hmmm, if I'm going with one of the boys, I'd probably try to do something with the one of Gojyo and his little hand weight (after the Mahjong game, when they're sitting in the bar strategizing).

May. 1st, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Is the main issue physical discomforts like sweat, chafing, bouncing, etc., or just the sheer boredom of cycling to nowhere or doing repetitive mindless calisthenics? If it's the latter, perhaps adding in some sort of media to divert your brain would help -- audiobooks or podfic, meaty radio programs, or even playing videos? I know you're not much of one to just sit down and watch something by yourself, but perhaps watching something while you're exercising might get around that block, since you're not "wasting time" on the tube when you should be doing something else. And radio or TV programs that are a set length can double as a workout timer, too. Or if the aerobics are tiresome because they feel somewhat pointless and unpleasantly reminiscent of gym classes, maybe a workout routine based more on a structured skill like martial arts drills or dance instruction would be more engaging to your brain?
May. 1st, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)

It's boring primarily because I do it by myself.

When I was at the Operations Center, my co-worker Lana ran a little aerobics class. The moves were very simple, I helped her put the music together, and I knew everyone in the class. (And we had a supervisor who believed in work/life balance and encouraged us to take the break to exercise ... rest in peace, Peggy.)

Likewise Aikido, when I had time to devote to it. It was something I did with other people.

I usually watch music videos when I'm on the bike (although that means I have to keep changing the channel to get things I can tolerate). When I'm doing low-impact, the music is usually enough, but I'm thinking I need to make another CD for it so that I don't get too tired of the current batch of songs (I use the little CD player in the kitchen - the space is just big enough and its speakers are really pretty good).

At the moment, a class where I have to make time out of my schedule just isn't an option. Any normal 1 hr class is actually going to take closer to two hours, what with travel time, dressing/showering etc. So these things are working pretty well - I'm going for brief sessions ala telophase.

The company that does my favorite breathing/meditation video (Rainforest Creeks) has one for exercising where it looks like you're cycling or running through a natural setting - I might try getting that for the bike.

May. 2nd, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Heh, there's the different introversion levels at work again -- it never would have crossed my mind to think of an aerobics class as being enjoyable for the sake of human interaction! If there was an actual fun skill being learned, that would be one thing, but calisthenics in a group setting makes me think too much of dreary P.E. classes in school, yuck! XD Is there any chance of getting a similar program set up in your current workplace?

If you're not tied to the kitchen CD player for music, maybe setting up another Pandora station for more energetic/dancey-type stuff for exercise music would help with the music-burnout thing -- and another possibility, does your FIOS TV package include any of the satellite music channels? (I've had them both with the current cable provider and the satellite at the old place, so I imagine they'd have something similar to be competitive...) While those aren't as visually interesting, the music programming is generally divided up into sufficiently fine genre/era/etc. niches that it might be easier to find a channel that won't make you want to skip back and forth as much as the mainstream music video TV stations.

I know you don't really have the time to go to a gym or get back into aikido classes or anything right now -- I was actually thinking of videos when I was talking about dance and martial arts instruction/workout programs, there's all sorts of nifty stuff out on DVD these days. Obviously you wouldn't get the social factor or partnered practice of live classes, but if the aerobics gets boring then maybe switching around and going through some katas or folk dances would be a fun change of pace? YMMV, of course, but I'd find that sort of thing vastly more interesting than an aerobics video. Also, I don't know if you folks have Netflix, but along with their traditional rental model they have a lot of exercise videos available streaming online; that could be another way to introduce a bit of novelty into your workouts.

The nature videos look nice, I'd just be worried that at only 75 minutes you might get tired of seeing the same things over and over again. Walking or biking the same path IRL always has some factor of novelty from changing weather and seasons, observing changes in the plants and watching the local wildlife, but a video's always going to be static...

(And not that this is any help for your daily workouts, but if you've ever got a free weekend where you'd like company for a nice long ramble in a park, you know Miss B and I are always game for walkies! *grin*)
May. 6th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)

Well, it was a funny sort of human interaction - it's not like we talked much or anything. But doing it along with the others was pleasant. We were all low-key and non-competitive.

The problem with moving my home aerobics venue to the front room is that low-hanging chandelier we have there! But the Pandora suggestion is a good one - although I won't be able to queue them up in the right tempo order (slower for warm-up, then fairly quick for the high-energy part - "This Little Girl Is Mine" is the perfect tempo for that, for example - and then slower again for the cool-down).

There are indeed music channels on our FIOS package, but again, at least half of the songs played wouldn't be right in tempo for aerobics - and I wouldn't be able to skip ahead. I have used those music channels when I'm doing the bike on weekends and VH1 and so on are showing documentaries or interviews instead of music videos.

Well, I don't do aerobics videos per se - I just do my simple moves and get into the Zen of the movement with the music. It's hard to explain, but for only 20 minutes, I don't need that much variety. 20 minutes is 5 or 6 songs, so I don't use the same ones each time even on the one CD I made. And I have a big stack of 70s and 80s Greatest Hits and Broadway - I just need to get around to making a new CD.

Really, if it's not going to be everything I want - a social thing with people I know already as well as a workout - then I want it to be simple as possible.

As far as work downtown - the problem is, we have a real gym with actual paid instructors. It's not the same. There are 3 or 4 classes of something almost every day, but it's very high-powered stuff with determined, well-polished mainstream people, and there are more than 2000 people on the building, so chances are I won't know most of the people in a given class. At the Ops Ctr, we were mostly all geeks together, many of us working on different aspects of the same projects.

I need to somehow get in a walk with you guys. I was toying with the idea of somehow getting you up here to see my old favorite haunts in Rock Creek Park, but I'm afraid a car trip up and back would not be much fun for Miss B.

May. 6th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Well, it was a funny sort of human interaction - it's not like we talked much or anything. But doing it along with the others was pleasant.

Ahhh, sort of the exercise version of classic geeky cat-socialization, then. That makes sense, it's an introvert-friendly sort of human-company-with-minimal-awkward-parts sort of thing. I think I've been in a similar space when out dancing at a really good show or pow-wow -- I'm not really talking to anyone beyond maybe an occasional quick, passing remark, but the energy of the rest of the crowd is a big part of what makes it enjoyable.

I just need to get around to making a new CD.

*nods* Is the Ipod you got last year one that supports making playlists? If so, that could be another option, if the kitchen player has the ports to accept outside input (or if not, you can always just get some little portable speakers to plug it in to.)

And I can certainly grab some more stuff from my world music collection for you, if you want even more variety of peppy stuff to choose from!

I was toying with the idea of somehow getting you up here to see my old favorite haunts in Rock Creek Park, but I'm afraid a car trip up and back would not be much fun for Miss B.

Heee -- you really haven't lived with a dog for a long time, have you? XD She's not as huge of a car-ride fiend as my Jake, who never saw an open car door that he didn't consider an invitation, but she's still a pretty good little passenger -- I just have to be riding in the backseat with her so she doesn't get whiny about not being able to sit in my lap. As long as you don't mind the extra driving and possibly ending up with some dog hair floating around (tho' of course I'd be happy to provide blankets to try to minimize the shedding-on-upholstery issue), we'd be thrilled to go hiking with you, in Rock Creek or anyplace else puppy-friendly that you'd be interested in exploring. And considering that she used to get dragged from here to places like MICHIGAN and ILLINOIS and back a couple times a year for visits with the in-laws, with no problems, I think I can say in perfect confidence that she would handle short daytrip jaunts to DC or MD as easily as, well, a walk in the park. :)
May. 1st, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
You could always have an inspirational icon of pretty boy abs or something.
May. 1st, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)

Oddly enough, those things (my exercising, their pretty anatomies) seem to have no connection in my mind!

May. 1st, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
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