Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for Exercise

E is for Exercise

Health Alert: Writing might make you fat.

As I sit writing this, noshing on my giant sized bagel smothered in cream cheese, guzzling my sugar filled coffee, it occurs to me that I spend a ridiculous amount of time sitting. Sitting, staring at a screen, and hunched into a spine altering position over a keyboard that promises to one day leave me with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

The tricky thing about writing books, is that it's not a 9-5 job for most of us. It it the forever nagging feeling that every spare minute should be spent increasing word count. You know that great writer advice: Butt in chair--Hands on keyboard. That is GREAT advice for increasing word count. The side effect is that when I'm not sitting at my desk, I'm thinking about how I should be.

And my desk is making me fat.

Now don't get me wrong, I do jog--sporadically. Like once a week; in all honesty it's probably more like once every two weeks. It's just enough to trick my brain into thinking I get to check that "moderately active" box on health inventories and online calorie counting calculators. It's the gentle lie I tell myself as the scale continues to rise, keeping a constant stride with my age.

Like many almost 40 women, I battle time. Not so much the getting older, I'm okay with that, but the insanity producing collective rush of all the EVERYTHINGS we manage day in and day out. We work full time (or more); raise kids and mange their ridiculous schedules; manage our houses; manage our fiances; manage our marriages; and some of us are trying to manage our dreams--like writing.

Is it any wonder that we end up too exhausted to manage our bodies? Even though we KNOW we would feel so much better if we could just make ourselves get out the frickin door with a pair of running shoes attached.

So, E is for Exercise...and last night, I bought a treadmill at Sears.


  1. I read somewhere recently that you can get a treadmill desk kind of thing. It's a great idea if you can walk and write at the same time. I have enough trouble doing the treadmill and watching TV. :)

    1. I have seen these too and think they are a FANTASTIC idea for those that can tackle all that multitasking. I just happen to believe there in not a chance in hell I could walk and write at the same time.

  2. I started taking ice dance lessons again this winter (haven't had lessons since I was seventeen years old, so it's been something more than a while), and even with only getting on the ice once a week, I can see a huge difference in my health. I've always been a healthy eater, so I used to not worry too much about exercise, but now that I've gotten started with it, I'm hooked. I only wish I could use the rink year-round! I'll have to find something else I love for this summer. My five-year-old wants to learn tennis, maybe we can take it up together ...

  3. Hope you use that treadmill for something other than a clothes rack as I did for the first year I owned one. :) I've been on a health and fitness improvement change for about 4 years now. I've seen success and relapse and start overs and relapse and...it's been a learning experience. Now, I'm finally addicted to both fitness and nutrition and what happened? My dog darted in front of me during our run nine days ago and I'm sitting, sitting, sitting here nursing a meniscus tear. Drat. Stopped by from the challenge! Love your blog!

  4. This makes me want to go out and get my treadmill desk RIGHT NOW!!!!

  5. I just started a new exercise routine this week - SO sore! But, it's better than the winter weight I'm carrying around ;-)

    New follower here. I'm stopping by on the "A to Z" challenge. I look forward to visiting again!


  6. I go trampolining once a week, it's fun and it burns the calories!! but that's all I do, maybe I should get a treadmill desk like John Green...?

  7. I have a treadmill (not a treadmill desk) that I run on 3 times a week, but I absolutely hate it. I'm so glad it's finally getting warm so I can run outside.

  8. I make sure I work out every day but I still sit wayyyy too much and need to cut down on my food intake (dammit). At almost 49 I have the metabolism of a slug.

  9. This is the second "E" is for exercise post I've read today....but this one is more "age appropriate" for me (I can remember almost being 40, but the young lade who posted the last one was a yewt).

    I can't even blame winter for my extra weight (live in AZ), although I have found a gym that is on my way home, which is kind of the key for me....it seems if I go home first, the couch beckons...


  10. Hi Rebecca, i am very bad at organised exercise but i do walk to my local shops most days and that is uphill so im counting that.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and following me.

    Gill x

  11. Great post and very true. I am also blogging A to Z and followed you GFC and twitter.