I ad mit it. I am not the most active person in the world. It’s very easy for me to spend the whole day working at the computer then reward myself with “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” reruns on the DVR. Or a movie. Or reading. In other words, on those medical questionaires, I usually have to answer “sedentary”.
I used to do yoga all the time, and believe very much in the Mind-Body-Spirit connection. I do pretty well on the mind/spirit connection, but the body too often gets left out of the loop.
Why am I writing about this on a blog I said was going to be about writing? Because it matters. Lately I’ve been hiking, doing two mile brisk walks around the neighborhood, and I just joined Curves again. I belonged four years ago, in New York, but lapsed badly. There the gym was inhabited by women of all ages. Here the median age is 68. It’s weird being one of the youngest people in the gym. For the first time in my life, I’m the gym bunny!
But I digress, as I so often do. What I find is that a half hour to hour of exercise first thing in the morning revs up not only my body, but my brain and spirit as well. I have more energy, I get more done in all aspects of daily life, and the writing really does go better, too. And if I drop a few more pounds and inches before my teaching cruise in October, so much the better, but I’m really doing it for health and brain power. Of course, it all comes down to living a balanced life, and frankly, that’s not my strong suit, but I can always strive.