DESK POTATO would be a more accurate description of yours truly, as opposed to Couch Potato.
I’m not a TV-watcher, and I don’t snack between meals, so I should be in pretty good shape, correct?
((( GONG )))
Like many writers, I exercise my mind more than my body, my fingers more than my legs.
True, I’ve been taking a lot of walks in nearby Mill Creek Park lately (second largest urban park in the USA). What with Spring fever gripping me, I even went for TWO walks one day when the sun was rudely calling me outdoors.
But, somehow, a bit of walking doesn’t seem drastic enough to make up for the overall lack of exercise. So right now I’m toying with notions of becoming more physically active. I know it has to be something feasible—something I have a fair chance of sticking to.
Here’s what I’ve narrowed it down to: a choice between exercising at home and joining a class.
Which approach will really work for me?
What kind of exercise program works—or has in the past worked—for YOU? Let’s do our best to motivate one another!
CLASSES I COULD JOIN LOCALLY
The Jewish Community Center here in Youngstown, Ohio offers Making Waves, “a low to moderate intensity program designed to provide a fresh and new approach to your morning workout.”
I like the low to moderate part ;~D
Ginny has been teaching in the Youngstown area since 2002 to promote the art of bellydance—women of all ages and ethnicities dancing for fun and fitness together.
Anything that makes exercise FUN has got to be a winner, right?
DVDs I CAN USE AT HOME
This DVD is true to its name.
If you have three left feet and dance steps do not come naturally to you, do not despair. Natasha Senkovich, a professional belly dancer, will simplify it for you and make it doable.
Ya gotta love a woman who appears on the front cover of her DVD dressed in a sexy belly dance costume while clutching a slice of pizza in one hand!
This is one I’ve used, on and off, many times before and I really enjoy it. It’s gentle and very doable for those whose muscles are wired to scream in protest after an aerobic workout.
This is even one you can do before bed. It works on the principle of moving the invisible energy that powers all of us (some call it chi) and it leaves you feeling serene.
Note: I once took an eight-week T’ai Chi Chih class so I use the T’ai Chi Chih DVD (fourth product on the page). If you have no previous experience, you should start with the first one on this page, Easy Tai Chi-Qigong.
Once, when I actually made the effort to invest some time in this video, it left me feeling so grounded and refreshed, it’s mind-boggling to think I’ve never tried it again.
I wish I had as much passion for exercise as I do for activities on the stupid computer!
So now I have to make my big decision and commit some time to this. The time commitment being my biggest issue. There are so many juicy creative things I’d rather spend my time on.
But life’s supposed to be about balance . . . darn it, even for writers.
POST A COMMENT and share your guilty confessions—or your success story—about sticking to an exercise program.