I am not a natural exerciser. Being a writer (as many writers will attest) demands a lot of time sitting in a chair and working the keyboard. Or researching (Or playing Sudoku, or checking out Facebook, but we’re not going to talk about that today). So there is a bit of an excuse. Sometimes I wonder if the writer choice was partly motivated by that fact.
As in… “Hmmm, what job can I do that necessitates sitting a lot?” Not really. I love to write.
But the truth is, you are not going to find me coming in first in a 5K, or wearing those bike pants as I peddle across the nation. Once, I tried Tai Chi, where the aim they said was to be as balanced and graceful as a swan. My nickname was “The Drunken Flamingo”. Sigh. Does that tell you what I am up against?
Yet, I believe what they say. It is beneficial, even crucial, to exercise.
So I discovered aqua aerobics. Today I could be in the aqua aerobics Olympics, if there were such a thing. Aqua aerobics are awesome.
There is something wonderful about defying gravity, and bouncing around in a pool. Nothing hurts. There is something wonderful about the people I meet there, men and women of a certain age (like me) who are doing what they can to stay healthy. No judgment in a bathing suit (thank goodness).
In some classes, music is played. There is nothing like bouncing around to the oldies and singing with your friends. Some workouts are more challenging. Some are gentle. Some build flexibility, some muscle. All build good spirits and health.When it’s quiet or the action is repetitive, I come up with some great plot twists for my stories. Or meditate. And I keep moving, so I’m keeping fit even though I spend so much time “in the chair” doing the writing I love so well. I’m grateful I discovered this.
How about you? Are you a willing or unwilling exerciser? What do you do to keep your body as tuned up as your mind? I’d love to hear.
Christine Bush is an award winning, USA Today Bestselling author who has written many books and novellas of sweet romance and light mystery. She also writes Middle Grade Fiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found working with clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or teaching Psychology at a local college. She lives with her family and two crazy cats in northeastern Pennsylvania, and loves to hear from readers and aspiring writers.
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