Um, yeah.

I never could strike that Jane Fonda leg-warmer pose. My legs are too heavy.

Seriously, I’m not going to lie: I have a love/hate relationship with exercise. Get me in the room with some African drums and my incredible dance instructor (and friend!) Sauda (as chronicled in THIS POST), and it doesn’t matter that I can’t dance a lick I’m swaying and bending and leaping my way to a more fit body, and having so much fun that I’m telling everyone I know that I’m addicted to exercising. But let me walk into the great room in my basement and see the treadmill all dusty and lonely, laying up against my good walls, and I’ll cuss out that big hunk of machinery like it stole money from my mama.

I guess you can say that I can’t really be left to my own devices when it comes to staying fit. I do my best to eat right not only for my sake, but for that of my family and my girls and I are good for inspiring each other to get in a good work out at group classes, like belly and pole dancing. But outside of that, I need a bit of inspiration to get my work-out on at home.

On Saturday, May 1, I’m going to get a stadium full of inspiration to get moving, for sure, when I take part in World Fitness Day. The brainchild of actress, author, philanthropist and fitness icon Jane Fonda, World Fitness Day is an annual initiative to highlight the importance of staying active and fit. I’ll be joining literally thousands of Georgians on the field of the Georgia Dome home of the Atlanta Falcons to participate in a one-of-a-kind group workout with celebrity fitness and health experts Richard Simmons, Billy Blanks, Denise Austin, dancer/director/choreographer Debbie Allen, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger also will deliver a video tribute I swear, if he says, “I’ll be back,” it will make my millennium! and The Pointer Sisters will pump up the crowd with live renditions of some of their greatest hits. Ludacris will also kick a few verses for the cause.

Tickets to participate in World Fitness Day are $75 a pop (though if you register now, you can get 50% off by CLICKING HERE); you can come alone or bring a bunch of friends and come as a team. If you want to just cheer on your peeps and get workout tips without moving, tickets are only $25. Kids ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult, can participate, too; their tickets are $25, too. To register, form a team, or become a workout sponsor, CLICK HERE.

The event will benefit the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, the nonprofit organization Fonda founded in 1995.

Not planning to be in Atlanta on May 1st? You can still participate in the workout by logging on HERE to check out a live feed of the event on UStream. Tune in and you might just see me getting my sweat on and doing my best Debbie Allen imitation:

You want fame? Well fame costs. And right here is where you start paying… in sweat.

Get it Debbie! And Jane! And Billie!

And Denene!

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  1. Ms. Understood

    That's so ironic. My best friend and I just agreed to start our quest to health and fitness on May 1st and didn't even know about World Fitness Day.

  2. T.Allen-Mercado

    Denene, get outta my head. I was at yoga this week and as soon as paripurna/boat pose was called, I sucked my teeth. 2/3 of me is below the waist…come on y'all!

    I'm going to check out the streaming video-I hope I see you. Get it! (And get close to Debbie Allen)

  3. May 1st sounds like a great start to committing (again) to a fitness routine since I'm not constantly on my workout grind. I'll be sure to share the info & thanks for the motivation!

  4. Looks like a great event and a way for all of us to jump start our exercise routine….just in time for ice cream season. Love that photo of Debbie Allen…she's so beautiful!

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