Friday, May 20, 2016
Surviving Fitness Stuff
This month, Bethany challenged all of the members of the Stiletto Gang to think about and possibly write a post revealing our thoughts on “Author Fitness.” She specifically asked: “What do you do to keep yourself in shape for writing? Anything physical (running, meditation, secret wrist stretches) or mental (journaling, daily free writes, writing by hand) that you do weekly or daily to keep you on your writing game.”
Because Linda has been ill with a nasty bug this past week, I’m posting for her. I think it is a safe bet to say none of the above would be Linda’s response this week. Consequently, before I write my response, join me in wishing Linda a speedy recovery by leaving a comment.
My answer also is nothing. It’s not that I haven’t tried. I tried water aerobics with a trainer a few years ago. When she said, “Raise your right arm,” I complied. Although I felt a sharp pain, I attributed it to being out of shape not to having just torn my rotator cuff. I pressed on with exercising for several weeks before an examination revealed a tear necessitating surgery. Perhaps the morphine helped my creative thinking at that point in time.
Earlier this year, I signed up for a F.I.T. class. Let me give you the entire perspective of this class. It
Next, I tried a personal trainer. He was kind, he was smart, and he quickly realized I wasn’t going to be one of those people who strives for a marathon or high intensity exercise level. I was assuring him my goal was merely to be healthy by losing some weight when I did a sit-up and something in my back popped. Between epidurals, physical therapy, and plain old doctor visits, I didn’t have time (or permission) to exercise.
Now, I’m back in the pool, but with my signing schedule for Should Have Played Poker being so crazy, who knows what calamity exercise might induce? I’m not sure, but I’m not going to take any chances.