First of all, I want to apologize for the headline, but I really did not know, how to headline this post.
First, let me start with some facts: As a writer, you tend to NOT get too much exercise. This does not go very well with the fact (yes I am sure this is an actual fact), that writers tend to snack a lot while working. So according to science, and my mirror, this is not always a good combination for my body. And what does one do, when one finds out, it is time to shed some pounds? One turns to vegan-lifestyle and exercise.
Asf or As? I still don’t know but…..
I am not the type of person, who enjoys going to a gym. Because of many reasons. One being, that I have to be around actual people, and my prejudice mind tells me it will be very fit people taking tons of selfies. This environment does not seem to be right for me and my confidence, so I have to think of other ways, to get my booty moving. Luckily the internet got me on this one, as there are plenty of “work out at home” videos available on YouTube. First I started out by doing Yoga. I will be honest, it was boring asf (I’m trying to bring back this term “asf” as I heard Kumail Nanjiani ((if you don’t know who he is, look it up)) use it in an interview in a very funny way), but back to the yoga. It was boring and slow, and my cat kept interrupting, so after some days of stretching and breathing a lot I gave up Yoga (sorry everyone).
So now I’m back to what I call “boosting my booty” workouts. They include a lot of Yoga-like exercises, but also my kettlebell, and high pace music. So hopefully this will do me some good?
Friends ruined this for me
But this is still not without complications, this is where “the office” comes in. So across the street from my apartment, there is an office building. I have no idea if they can look into my windows, probably cause of reflections they cannot, but it feels as if they can. Actually, I often feel like they look at my weird behavior all day long, again probably they do not. But when it comes to my workout, especially the warm up phase, which includes a lot of jumping around, I am not very keen on having “the office” looking at me and my floaty booty moving around while Taylor Swift is singing in the background (obviously they cannot hear that, but again….). I think actually this stems from Friends (the tv series) and their character; “Ugly naked guy”. All though I am not naked, when doing my workouts, I just feel maybe I am “Ugly boring writer woman” to “the office”, ha, again they probably cannot see me but I still feel like I should not leave anything up to faith.
So I have basically two choices. Working out in my bathroom (it is big enough) or working out with my curtains closed, which makes the room dark and sad. I choose the curtains, which is kinda silly.
A few tips!
Now let’s get serious, because it is important to work out, so I want to give a few tips, especially for those of you who spend most of the day writing. This is pretty standard but good to keep in mind!
- Think about what you eat and drink. Drink lots of water. I often put fresh lemons in my water, to make it tastier.
- Take breaks of 15 minutes and move around. Do some stretches or exercises. This also gives you an energy boost, which is good for creativity.
- Challenge yourself – make rules about your workout schedule.
- Take long walks. They are good for your mind and also for your body.
- If you, like me, do not like going to a gym, there is a lot of equipment you can get for using at home. Personally, I just have a kettlebell as it is now, but it is very useful for exercise
- Love yourself and your body. I am not going for a specific body type. I just like to feel good with a lot of energy.
How do you keep yourself healthy as a writer? Leave a comment and inspire others!