Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for EXERCISE

     As a writer, I find it hard to fit in time to exercise. I'm home much of the day, working at the computer, but when I'm not, I fill my non-writing time with cleaning, shopping, the usual mundane things. Exercise, to me, is not fun. I count it as one of those mundane tasks of the lowest order - ironing, scrubbing the shower, weeding. You get the idea.
    Up until a couple years ago, I belonged to a health club. I enjoyed it for the most part, but driving fifteen miles to get to it ate up too much time and gas (I live in a rural area). I have since forced myself to walk two miles a few times a week around town. I also love to bike when the weather permits (since central Illinois didn't have a winter this year, biking season lasted longer than usual!), walk the dog, and do gardening/yard work.
     So even though I don't like exercise in the traditional sense, I try to stay active. I guess my 'fitness plan' works for me. Even with frequent stops at the pantry for munchies when I'm stuck on a scene, the exercise I do get seems to keep me at a healthy weight.
    How do you stay active when your job or hobby keeps you sedentary?

17 comments:

  1. I would prefer to stop by a gym on my way home from work just before dinner, but with 2 small children now, and the cost of membership, I'm just not willing to go that route any more.

    Now, I force myself to go to bed earlier so that I can wake up 30 minutes earlier and do a 20-min. treadmill workout before waking the kiddos. It works, especially since I love to run!

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    1. It's nice you've found a routine that works for you. It's especially hard with little ones. Mine are teens now. I'm still chasing them around, but it's a different kind of busy!

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  2. My husband has a job that keeps us moving every so often that it's really a pain to buy furniture, sell it or move them around with us. Trust me, sometimes the moving expenses run way too much higher than the price of the furniture itself. :)

    So, we manage around with the bare minimum furniture at home. That means I sit down and get up more than a few hundred times a day. What else can you expect with a toddler at home? :)

    That forms the major of my excercise. It works great except for the lament that I have a slight tummy that just doesn't want to get tucked :D

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  3. I remember the sit down/get up routine well! They're always two steps ahead, too, so it's hard to anticipate which direction they'll be headed if you happen to look away!

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  4. Hi Dawn!
    I was hopping around on this atozchallenge and I read your bio and went, hey I've heard of Sara Crowe. I live in the DFW area of Texas and in my writer's group, there's a woman who is also represented by her. She wants me to pitch my book to Sara at the DFW Con in May. Small world.
    Anyway, I force myself to the gym every morning after I take my kids to school. Do I want to go? No. But I do. After I hit 40, the scale number began to creep up. I was hoping that the after 40 rumor was a myth. Not.
    Glad I stopped by. Come say hi if you feel like it. Today's post is kind of sad.

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    1. Yeah, that 'after-40' thing was a real eye-opener for me, too. Literally! My perfect vision suddenly needed reading glasses, my oldest entered college, and then there's the scale issue that makes me all the more conscious of what I put in my mouth!

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    2. Oh, and that's cool about Sara! Good luck if you decide to pitch to her!

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  5. I too hate the exercise but I started taking my camera with me on my walks. One time I got a photo of a rabbit, another time a coyote, some times I get pretty flowers when they first bloom. It makes it an adventure every time, to see what I can get.

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    1. I love that idea! I'm going to do that! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. hi..

      I am visiting from A to Z challenge.

      My E posting is about Exercise too. I find it is difficult too to start an exercise.

      Nice blog

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  6. I really don't like gyms, so I exercise at home with DVDs or walk with a friend. My lazy dog doesn't walk fast enough to get my heart rate up...unless she sees a squirrel :-)

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    1. LOL! I can't keep up with my dog! We got him from a shelter and I don't think he was ever leash-trained. I've tried working with him but I'm no expert. He's had me airborne a time or two so, no, he's not my exercise partner, either.

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  7. I do the same thing--walk around town during the week. :)


    The Golden Eagle
    The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

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  8. I joined an extreme fitness gym in January. It is brutal, but I am seeing results. We burn between 500-700 calories in 45 minutes. I walk the dog a mile or two most days too.

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    1. That's pretty intense, Sharon. I wish I had something like that close by. Maybe I should look for a video, but motivation to exercise in the family room just doesn't happen for me!

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  9. Ha, I'm right with you. Gotta exercise for health, don't particularly wanna. I try to walk 30 min. 5 days a week, and have about a 15-min weight session on 3 days. I was fairly lucky in the genetics department as far as weight goes, but the older you get, the more exercise is an absolute requirement. It's the price I pay for spending so much time at a desk.

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    1. That sounds like a good routine, Marcia. I haven't added any weights to my 'program'. Suppose I should look into that. *groans*

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