Come January, you will be most likely deluged by "get rid of that holiday flab" commercials till you can’t stand it. So I don’t want to harp on that angle, since I find it personally demotivating to exercise for reason of my jiggly thighs or emerging love handles. In fact, that just makes me want to eat more ice cream and stuff my face with cookies, since I am a rebel when it comes to any kind of authority telling me what to do.
That said, I strongly believe that physical health contributes to mental clarity, increased energy and overall well-being. I am a total extremist … either I work out like a fanatic, or I do nothing at all. In my twenties when this picture was taken (25 to be exact), I did 17 classes a week of martial arts and had abs that would make Janet Jackson look bad (in her lean and mean phases, of course!). I then moved on to yoga, pilates and lifting weights in my 30s, which generally made me feel strong and unstressed.
Then I became a Mom and work at home coach and writer, and have found my usual activity level is reduced to walking up and down the stairs a few times a day. And my late night writing sessions are fueled by cookies and ice cream … not the celery sticks I really should eat. Andy Wibbels wrote a very funny post about "bookfat" .. the pounds gained by first-time authors during the year that they write, revise and publish their book.
I am thinking we have a new phenomenon called blogfat … which is really an aversion to doing anything physical that takes us away from crafting a new post.
So I propose that we support each other virtually to do a little moving and shaking that doesn’t involve incoming blog links, but actual physical exercise.
For my part, I joined a local martial arts studio and will be doing 2 short classes a week on Monday and Wednesday evenings. I had my first class last week and almost passed out as I tried to fire off rapid kicks since I am so out of shape. But I am willing to try baby steps and take a few minutes each day to do some situps, pushups or squats.
Because I know that when I do exercise, my mind clears, ideas emerge, and my intuition feels much more "tuned up," since it usually speaks through the physical, not intellectual realm.
What kind of exercise could you start that would make you feel a little less lethargic, get working on a bit of your blogfat and shake some creative ideas loose?