09/18/2011 11:10 am ET Updated Nov 13, 2011

Exercise Pairs That Work (And Those That Don't)

I've been into making lists lately. Lists are good. They help you accomplish your goals. Write 'em down, check 'em off. With the arrival of fall, I should be checking things off my lists. But instead, I find myself making other lists, silly lists, fitness lists or really any lists that keep me entertained enough to stay off-task from the tasks that really deserve my attention.

But they do keep me off my husband's case and out of my childrens' Facebook pages and hopefully the mental distraction will contribute in some future way towards the delay of my Alzheimer's that will surely set in after all the non-organic produce that I've consumed in the past four decades.

This list of "things that go well together," led to a list of "things that do not go well together" which then led to a list of "things that are unlikely good combos" and then finally a list of "trios of things that go well together." (Was that a list of my lists?)

Anyway, here goes:

Things That Go Well Together
  • Ice cream and hot fudge
  • Men and women
  • Patrick and SpongeBob
  • Porn and masturbation
  • Rainy days and naps
  • Sunny days and beaches
  • Hammers and nails
  • And for my fitness matches...
  • Upward-facing dog and downward-facing dog
  • Push ups and triceps dips
  • Hot yoga and cold water
  • Sprints and recoveries
  • Pregnant women and aqua classes
  • Sweaty men on fitness equipment and towels
  • Age-related illnesses and exercise
  • Exercise goes well with more things than all the other individual things listed here on all my lists put together.

    Things That Do Not Go Well Together:
    • Drinking and driving
    • Texting and driving
    • Cravings and losing weight
    • Macs and PCs
    • Exercise-wise:
    • Yoga and hangovers
    • Pregnancy and bedrest
    • Knee problems and running
    • ADHD and yoga
    • Bingeing and exercise
    Unlikely Yet Good Combos:
    • Forrest Gump and Jenny
    • Clay Aiken and fatherhood
    • Ex-lovers and restraining orders
    • Spinning and hangovers
    • Depression and exercise
    Good Trios:
    • Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll
    • The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost
    • Ask, believe and receive
    • Mind, body and spirit (ideally)
    • Shower, sh**, shave
    And workout-wise:
    • Abs, buns and thighs
    • The words: "Three more! Two more! Last one!"
    • Warm-up, work out, cool-down
    • Lose five, gain one, lose two

    When I think of how exercise is the one thing that we can all do to stay younger for longer, it encourages me. Exercise is free, it makes you feel better, it is good for your lungs, your heart,
    your brain and your mind. It's good for your sex life, your productivity, your patience and your dog.

    All of the age-related illnesses that we read so much about, many of which are considered to be long-latency illnesses that come on over many years, can all be reduced -- or maybe even reversed -- through regular exercise.


    Time to make tomorrow's to-do list. Or should I work out first?