The life of the writer is filled with long hours of sitting down. Back in 2013, during my “Lost Weekend” phase, I was spending a lot of time trying to write. I did experiment with a standing desk thing and, at first, it worked. I got addicted and that addiction fucks with your knees pretty bad. Moderation was the major key here if you are ever curious how that whole thing worked.
Fast forward to present day and I’m still not really hitting the gym as I wished. But I have been working two teaching jobs and spending a bulk of my time outside and on my feet. During my time in Vietnam, I spent a majority of my time standing and it affected my knees a lot. So I opted to keep moving around and only resorted to sitting when required.
As of late, I have been trying to get walking into my tight weekly schedule. On average, I am able to get in 4,000 steps but that’s only if I found myself walking a little in the morning. But, lately, I know it’s less than that. I had an app and it recommended to me to try and get in 6,000 steps per day. That is quite hard but would equal to about 45 minutes to an hour of walking for me.
I have homemade eskrima sticks that I practice with from time to time, going through the heaven six and practicing the 12 angles of attack. It isn’t the best workout, but give it some time, it does get my heart rate up.
It’s now a matter of getting more physical activities back into my routine – starting with pushups again and squats and situps. I picture myself like the main character in Léon: The Professional (1994) or even Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976) going through strict regiments. For me, that’s the next step to getting my fitness back.
And it does feel good, if not the body weight workouts, the long walks that I am able to squeeze in from time to time. You come home feeling refreshed and ready to create.
Starting today, I’m challenging myself to get back to a routine of stronger so that I keep my mind and body sharp. I think that is the key to staying healthy during a time of high stress and lots of work to do.