I’m not all that bendy. In fact, if you asked me to do the downward dog you may well find me spiking the neighbor’s poodle screaming touchdown. (Disclaimer – no animals were harmed in the writing of this column) I have no concept of what yoga is about or how to do it, but I do think it’s a nifty idea. I watch folks on television do it and I think, I can do that, and then I try…and fail…and move back to the couch.
I know that I need to take better care of myself but then a Twinkie comes into the frame and my “taking care of myself” goes out the door. (I’ll do it tomorrow, I reassure myself) What I didn’t realize when I was younger, in a sea of pizza and beer, was that one day, it would all catch up to me and I would find myself making those old pudgy guy excuses. (“no, not me, can’t play basketball right now…doc says go easy on the knees”, or “the medication makes me gain weight”, or my favorite, “my spouse loves me just the way I am”) No matter how I got here, I am here now and I need to fix it, no matter how hard it is.
So here is your Reset Sunday challenge…move! Go for a walk, a swim, a bike ride, do yoga, tai chi or any other exercise with an Asian sounding name that helps you live longer. Get outside and work in the garden…just get away from your desk and move. It’s Sunday so you have an excuse not to work but there really is never an excuse not to take care of yourself. A healthy writer makes for healthy writing. So put the Twinkie down, (self), back away from the desk, (self) and get off your behind…(yeah self!)
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