Did you spend about 12 hours sitting on the couch watching football this weekend? That’s fine, because football and couches are amazing, even if you did check out the WebMD page for “bedsores” just as a precaution. This week’s events include a couple opportunities to get some exercise. Or talk about getting some exercise. Or at least watch other people talk about getting some exercise. I mean let’s not rush into anything.

Monday, January 12 – Punk Rockin’ and Pastie Poppin’ Birthday Party
I don’t know exactly what it means for a pastie to be poppin’, but I’m pretty sure I want to find out. Monthly burlesque show/punk rock dance party/Yankee swap Punk Rockin’ and Pastie Poppin’ celebrates its second birthday tonight at the Midway Cafe. “This night was created for ANIMALS!!!” warns the Facebook event page, and you know they don’t mean like Maroon 5 “Animals” but like this sick gallery of punk rock animals I found when I was Googling to see if there was a famous punk song called “Animals” to finish that analogy. (9:30 p.m., $10, 21+)

Tuesday, January 13 – Finding the Playground in Your Office
I’ve got some bad news, guys. You might want to sit down. Actually, stand back up because the bad news is sitting all day is slowly killing you. I know, this is probably how people felt when they found out cigarettes were bad for you. But it’s OK, you don’t have to give up the sweet rush of sitting entirely, just work in some occasional not-sitting. General Assembly and Brooklyn Boulders Somerville team up for Work It Out: Finding the Playground in Your Office, which, obviously it’s the conference room and the floor is lava and if you touch it you’re a lava shark, but also you’ll pick up lots of other tips on bringing movement, exercise, and play into the standard office environment. (6:30 p.m., $15, all ages)

Wednesday, January 14 – Boston Fitness Gala
Of course, there’s a chance you’ll like exercising at the office so much that you find yourself working out more than working and next thing you know you have a new career in fitness and you’re at the Boston Fitness Gala. Sure, that’s a lot to happen in two days, but I have confidence in you and it’s important to set goals. The free event at District Hall celebrates Olympians, fitness entrepreneurs, and everyday athletes from Boston’s fitness community with a live dance performance, panel discussion, and complimentary appetizers. (6:30 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Wednesday, January 14 – Sting XIX: Street Study
The Beehive in the South End presents Sting! XIX: Street Study, the nineteenth installment of its continuing art series. Featuring seven Boston-based artists who use the street as muse and exhibition, the installation launches Wednesday with a night of live entertainment, food and drink specials. It’s OK if you missed the prequels Sting! I through XVIII because this one really stands on its own, like how I never saw the first nine “American History” movies but still really enjoyed X. (6:30 p.m., FREE, 21+)

Wednesday, January 14 – Carolina Whole Hog Party
How fun is saying “whole hog”? WHOLE HOG! When you say it, your mouth makes the same shape as it does when you’re shoveling fistfulls of juicy pork into it. Somerville restaurant Bergamot follows last month’s late night Texas barbecue party with a Carolina Whole Hog Party, serving up a couple of smoked hogs, a low country shrimp boil, cheddar grits, hush puppies, and sweet-roasted peanuts, plus beer and whiskey specials and live bluegrass. (10 p.m., $20, all ages)

Thursday, January 15 – Pyromania at Atlantic Works Gallery
No longer just home to that one pizza place you always hear about but never tried, East Boston is quickly becoming a vibrant artist enclave with cool spaces like the Atlantic Wharf Gallery, offering striking skyline views from the third floor of a warehouse on the edge of Boston Harbor. The gallery’s new Pyromania exhibition explores the meaning of pyromania from hearth and home to smoldering libido to Miltonian abyss. Pretend you know what any of that means at the Atlantic Works Third Thursday reception, or regular gallery hours on Fridays and Saturdays through January 24. (6 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Thursday and Friday, January 15-16 – The Long Count/The Long Game
Matthew Ritchie wraps up his 18-month Institute of Contemporary Art residency by finally packing up his sleeping bag and hot plate and not taking “residency” so literally next time, but also with his immersive art and music experience The Long Count/The Long Game. Inspired by the “hero twins” of the Mayan book of creation, the museum-spanning production combines Ritchie’s multimedia projections with rock music evoking the beginning of time. Visitors will wander through installations from musicians like Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), before the feature event, a mythical song cycle featuring Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National and an 11-piece ensemble. (7:30 p.m., $30, all ages)

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