Writing is a very sedentary occupation (unless you're incredibly hardcore and do something like use a dictation programme or app while you're out jogging - in which case, I salute you). Unfortunately, there's no getting around it. For me, the only way to get words down is to sit on my bum in front of the laptop and start typing. I don't do well with distractions, so that occasionally also includes wearing earplugs. And once I'm in "the zone" I generally don't move at all (barring my arms and hands, obviously) for quite some time - maybe even a couple of hours. It depends how long my bladder/the dog's bladder can hang on.
This, although it gets the job done, isn't particularly healthy. But then, nor are many office-type jobs, so I'm not going to beat myself up over it. However, I am making the effort to counteract the periods of inactivity by balancing them out with periods of activity. And I don't just mean going to the loo, or going downstairs to let the dog out.
No - I'm talking about full-on exercise. I'm no fitness fanatic, but I make the effort. The aforementioned dog helps. My very cute, but also very bossy dog, makes sure I take him for a walk every day (except for Mondays - that's my day off as he's always tired from Sundays!). If I'm not coming down the stairs at the usual time, he often comes to collect me. Not exactly a marathon, I know, but it's a start! It still gets my heart rate up (especially if I go up the nearby steep hill) and adds rather a lot of steps to my fitness tracker (a recent purchase, which is making me more aware of said inactivity!), giving me a good boost towards my daily target.
I also go to Zumba once a week. I've noticed my cardio fitness has improved considerably since I started going. This is seriously high-impact stuff, and although, I confess, I really found it a chore when I first started going, now I actually enjoy it. I come home, very red-faced and sweaty (sexy, huh?), but pleased with myself - and often having crushed my steps target for the day. Zumba has the added bonus of giving me some social interaction - we often have a chat and a laugh along with the booty shaking! I'm also proud to say I don't miss many sessions - only if I'm not well or away on holiday.
I purchased a fitness DVD, too. I admit, I don't do it as much as I should do, but I'm getting better. The arrival of lighter nights helps in this regard - I have much more energy and drive as the spring approaches. When it's winter, it makes me feel very lazy, and all I want to do when it gets dark is close the curtains, curl up and watch TV or read a book. So, I expect as the days and weeks go on, it'll be much easier for me to stave off the inactivity and boogie around my living room for a bit!
The lighter nights and approach of spring also mean... gardening. I'm not overfond of gardening (I leave that to K D Grace), but I do like my garden to look nice and tidy, therefore I do it. Mowing the lawn and weeding still counts as activity, and my garden is on a slight slope, so cutting the grass definitely burns some calories - especially when the weather is hot!
Weekends are much easier. I don't work at weekends, so I'm generally pottering about, doing jobs around the house and heading out for much longer walks, often in my beloved Peak District, with my other half and the dog. Hence our lazy Mondays ;) Weekends definitely make up for some of my more sluggish weekdays.
|A snap from a recent 5.5 mile Peak District walk|
As for holidays... well, myself and my other half aren't exactly beach holiday types. We are explorer types. So when we head off to cities, we walk. And walk. And walk. Which is probably why I don't put any weight on on holiday!
So, on the whole I guess I'm mildly active (because, let's be honest, I spend more hours a week working than anything other than sleeping), but I'm giving myself a push to increase my activity. I'm walking the dog that bit further (except when it's throwing it down with rain!), I'm sticking the fitness DVD in the player and cranking up the music, and I'm keeping the grass short and the plants tidy and weed-free. I'm even walking up and down the garden path as I wait for the kettle to boil, instead of just standing there. And every little bit helps.
So, what about you? If you're generally quite sedentary, what do you do to counteract it?
Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller) and The Persecution of the Wolves. Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 150 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9