Monday, October 9, 2023

It's Exercise Time! by Christine Bush


It’s exercise time!  

I am lazy. I am not fit. I have severe arthritis. But I’m determined.

I see ads for various at home exercise programs on the internet, on Facebook, on YouTube.

I select one that proclaims to be excellent for those “just getting started”. 

Get fit in seven minutes a day.  At home. Even I can handle that. I begin.


Exercise #1.

Let’s stretch! Stand at the kitchen table. 

Balance on one leg, and put your other leg up on the table.

Lean forward and stretch.

Are you kidding?  If I could stand on one leg, I’d be proud. Once, attempting to balance on one leg, I was nicknamed a "drunken flamingo." If I could lift a leg (without aid of a crane) up onto the table, I sure wouldn’t need this exercise program.  I sigh.  But I don’t quit.  I ignore #1 and go to #2.


Exercise # 2.

Let’s squat!  Stand with your back against the fridge.  Ok so far.

Slowly lower yourself to a seated position (mind you, without a chair), and hold for 60 seconds.

Slowly stand up again.

I lower myself.  And then I keep going. Going.  Soon I am sitting on the floor instead of in the imaginary chair.  I am there for MUCH more than 60 seconds, because getting up is quite a challenge.  But I make it, mostly because I realize I’m stuck against the fridge, and there’s no way I can open the door until I get up.  I sigh, but I don’t give up.

Once up, I go to Exercise #3.


Exercise #3.

Let’s Plank! Lay on your stomach. Bend your elbows.  Prop yourself up on your toes and your elbows, keeping your body stiff, like a plank.  Hold for 60 seconds.  Then relax.

Lay on the floor? See #2 above.  I just about killed myself getting up from there before.  But I try. In ten seconds, my toes hurt.  My elbows are shaking.  My plank must be warped because it seems my belly is touching the floor.   Relax? Actually, I collapse.

Again, I get up.  And I give up. This “easy workout program” isn’t working for me. There's got to be a better way! This lazy author needs help.  I think I need physical therapy, and a willing helper to get me moving again. I am thinking about this.

How about you?  Any suggestions for exercise that have worked for you? I’d love to hear!  Just don’t use the word plank.

Love,  Christine

I'm including some links for two sweet romance novellas that feature physical therapists, helping people to be the best that they can be. Because getting in shape is a GOOD thing, I must remind myself! Available in print and ebook.  Enjoy!

(print and ebook)

Meddling Mona - Kindle edition by Bush, Christine. Contemporary Romance Kindle eBooks @

(print, ebook, and audible audiobook)


Christine Bush is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance, romantic mystery, and suspense.  She can be found living in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 lazy cats, and spending time with her 14 grandchildren.   When she’s not writing, she’s teaching Psychology at a local college, and working with clients in her private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She loves to hear from readers and writers!

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