Between my 9-5 and my daily writing sessions, I log too many hours with my butt in a chair. During work hours, I squeeze breaks into the few minutes between meetings. I even set timers to remind myself to move. But it is often not enough. Studies suggest we need “at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity.”
That works out to 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. While it doesn’t sound unreasonable, hitting even the minimum recommendations can be a challenge, especially during the winter months when everyone wants to stay home.
Thank goodness it is March. Spring arrives in eleven days, and the weather is getting better. Mostly. Last week, Mother Nature cooperated with me, and I walked on three separate days for 45 minutes each day. I was closer to where I should be, but I still missed the mark. So far this week, things look much worse.
On Monday, we had freezing rain followed by four inches of snow. The wind howled and promised to knock me off my feet if I ventured outside. I elected to stay inside. Tuesday, the bright sunshine made it seem like a perfect day for a walk until I checked the temperature. Twenty-five degrees and light wind gusts were a little too brisk for my taste. The remainder of the week doesn’t get much better.
I’m going to suck it up and walk despite the predicted below-freezing temps. The best parts of my walks are the birdsongs, the squirrel sightings, and a brain filled with ideas that make my writing session fly by in no time flat.
Did you write yesterday? Are you writing today?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer