April Movies: Bodies in Motion

Sometimes the best motivation to get moving is found after an afternoon or evening on the couch. Exactly how many calories are in a bucket of popcorn, again?

Try these flicks for a little physical inspiration:

Run, Fat Boy, Run (2007, PG-13)
Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria


When Dennis jilts his pregnant fiancée at the altar, it’s up to him to win her back. Too bad she’s fallen for Whit. Love is the motivation to run a marathon in this romantic comedy.


Pumping Iron (1977, PG)
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno


Before he was the Governator and the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger aspired to be the best bodybuilder ever. This is the documentary that launched his career, and it’s a fascinating look at the sport.


Bend it Like Beckham (2002, PG-13)
Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers


A coming-of-age tale in which a girl has to choose between the sport and coach she loves, and her family’s insistence on passing on their culture in an ever-changing world.


Breaking Away (1979, PG)
Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern


There was a time people that rode bikes for a living didn’t do EPO. Here’s the movie that celebrates them. Eye candy alert: A young Dennis Quaid is a good looking Dennis Quaid.


Striptease (1996, R)
Demi Moore, Burt Reynolds, Ving Rhames


I may be in the minority, but I thought this movie was actually pretty funny—and if Demi’s rock-hard abs aren’t just a little inspiration to do a few planks, I don’t know what is.