There was an interview (by Billy Heller) with Aretha Franklin in yesterday’s New York Post under the headline “Aretha Franklin’s Secret Life.” Heller says: I saw you in Newark last year, and I was exhausted watching you perform. How do you keep in shape?"
Let's leave aside the fact that Aretha’s figure has not always conformed to received notions of “in shape,” not least because of health issues, and let's also assume Heller isn't making some cruel joke, and read her reply.
She says, “I have a walking regimen – about three times a week, at least a mile or so. I walk the super Walmarts, the biggest ones. If people are in the aisle and the store happens to be crowded that day, I got to other aisles.”
Well, as I have often said, there’s no such thing as a “walker's body.” They/we do come in all shapes and sizes. I've also long thought there might be a book titled Walking the Great Indoors which would consist of a series of pedestrian expeditions in airports, underground tunnels, railway stations, factories, malls and indeed big box stores.
It’s not easy to find a picture of Aretha walking but here she is at least walking down the aisle in 1978 at her marriage to Glynn Turman.