Exercise

This goes along with my writing goals. As a writer, we tend to sit A LOT, so we need to come up with a strategy to burn calories. Our mind does burn some with all of the creative energy we are expending, but that doesn’t help the physical body that must remain healthy if we are to continue writing.

So, while I will never run a marathon or compete in the Olympics, I do use a step counter to monitor and make sure that I “get butt out of chair” often enough to combat the “get butt in chair” to accomplish writing.

Now blindness does play a role in some of the simple answers that most people will give you that are good for maintaining exercise in your life. However, when you are blind many of these “simple” options are not so simple or enjoyable. I purchased a treadmill (at a yard sale used) because my neighborhood does not have sidewalks and taking a walk is not a simple stroll in the park. Navigating as a blind person is not as difficult as many sighted people think, however, it does take a bit more concentration to make sure you don’t end up in the middle of the road or get run over by careless drivers (30 mph is NOT acceptable in a neighborhood). On a treadmill, I do not have to worry about obstacles or what is going on around me and I can listen to books.

Like the example above, gym memberships are not a great option if you are blind either. The biggest obstacle is that the equipment is not yours and you cannot alter the controls to make them accessible. Gyms are often one big room with equipment scattered around and sometimes there are not many landmarks that you can use to navigate.

So, the moral of this post is that if you want to be a writer make sure that you also “get butt out of chair” often enough to stay healthy so that you can write.

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I am suspending today’s post to honour my sister who passed away suddenly March 5. She had just turned 44 in January and this was nothing we had expected to happen.

Family gatherings will never be the same. She was quick-witted and kept ever moment from becoming too serious. If you pray, please remember my family as we adjust to the loss of a loved one.