A couple weeks ago Tambra blogged about keeping your muse active with tips such as making sure your writing area fosters your creativity, learning to say no, and basically giving yourself a break if you need it. As women and writers, this advice is golden.
I thought I’d take this a little further. Getting a few extra minutes exercising a day is a big part of what keeps my writing energy going. With the economy the way it is, everyone is cutting back, including my family so a gym membership is out of the question. The best form of low impact exercise I’ve found is simply walking. It’s free and it’s easy for people of all levels of fitness. Not only does it tone your legs and butt, it can assist in shaping your abdominal muscles if you clench your stomach while you walk. I also use this uninterrupted time to focus on my current WIP or if I'm having a trouble with a plot point, sometimes I have a revelation during these walks.
Another free way to keep active is to bike. I use the bike I’ve had for the past five years so technically it’s not free, because I did buy it at one time. But, if you’re looking for an inexpensive bike try craigslist or your local newspaper. I usually get in one or two biking days a week. Luckily my CP lives close so I get extra time to chat with her while we bike and I forget I’m even exercising.
In February I realized I’d hit a plateau with my workouts. I was getting bored and starting to slack off so I found an inexpensive Kathy Smith DVD on Amazon (I love that woman!) to input aerobics into my weekly workouts and it’s really increased my posture and energy. Combined with walking and biking, it keeps my week fresh and all for about $7.
For a while I tried running with my husband but have come to the realization that he is some sort of machine and no matter what I do, I’ll never truly keep up with him and that I’m better off jogging or walking with my trusty iPod instead of a drill sergeant. Once I realized that I had to carve out my own schedule and do what was right for me, exercising became more fun. There isn’t one schedule or workout that works for everyone and that’s important to remember.
As women, I know we sometimes tend to take care of everyone else first and ourselves last so please find the time to take care of yourselves ladies! Thirty minutes a day is possible for everyone. I’m definitely not some workout nut with a perfect body (not even close). I’ve just found that staying active truly helps harness my creativity and I always feel a hundred times better even after a short walk. It must be those endorphins! What do you do to stay healthy? Any tips that are affordable for everyone?