Which means I will be trying things out. In fact, I have a list of exercising things I want to either get back into or test out over the next few months. Yoga, running, army pt, swimming, youtube exercising tutorials, mimicking choreographed dancing. Oh yeah. One month for each and we’ll see how we go.
This isn’t a numbers game. I am not trying to lose weight or fit into a dress. I am simply trying out things to see what suits my need to shake the sillies out and not end up dying because of preventable health conditions.
One of the big risks to writers happens to be type 2 diabetes. https://www.biomedcentral.com/search?query=diabetes+and+sitting&searchType=publisherSearch That might be a surprise to most, but it isn’t just writers, it’s every person who works in an office and doesn’t get up and move about very often while working. It all comes down to movement. If you are up and doing something regularly then you lower your risk. If you are sitting stagnant for long periods of time, you’re increasing risk.
Simple: get up and move.
Exercising before or after work is good, but you still need to move during the day. So break it down. Do fifteen minutes at the desk and then get up and file, or drink lots of water and let your body tell you to go to the bathroom frequently. Just get up and stroll about. Easier to do when you work from home and you can vacuum or fold washing. Not so in a busy office and your supervisor asks “What are you doing?” However, if you explain it, they might join in.
Regular exercise happens to also help cognitive functions. You think clearer and can deal with stress. It also, depending on which sort, can relieve aches and pain in muscles. I can keep going and list all of the benefits or I can get out of my chair and go do something else for ten minutes, I think we know where I’m going with this.
Please join me in getting off our asses and shaking it. Shake it like a polaroid.