Of course you know the saying, “When it rains, it pours.” That certainly has applied to Spring 2019 in eastern Ontario, and in this case, it applies to this blog. It’s been a long time since I posted anything and now I’ve got two posts in two days. What can I say? “The muse has awoken.”
My focus in the past few months has been working on my certification as an Essentrics® instructor, which has kept me from doing a lot of writing. However that program does help my writing business too. It’s not always an even balance, but it is a good balance, and an important one for me.
Here’s the post I sent to Lori. I’m back on the writing/fitness journey. Thanks for coming along.
How does Essentrics® help my writing business?
Your first question might be, “What is Essentrics®?” The answer: a fitness program designed to re-balance the body through simultaneous stretching and strengthening all of the muscles and rebalancing the joints. Now, your second question: “How does this fitness program fit your writing business?”
Essentrics® not only rebalances my body; it rebalances my work, and by extension, my life.
It gets me out in the world
Writing is a solitary occupation. Most freelance writers work alone either at home or in an office they’ve set up. Some might do some writing in a café or library so they’re around other people but still working, writing, alone. Being in a group fitness class ends that isolation. It balances the need for solitude and quiet with the need for social interaction and some noise. Writing is also a sedentary activity. So the passive activity has to be balanced with something more active. Some writers run; others bike; some go to a gym for a workout. I do Essentrics®. I do it at home on my own; I lead three or four classes a week and I try to take a class once a week. If you want to try it, look on the Essentrics® website to find a class near you, or check out the videos on the site to try the exercises at home. So what is it about Essentrics® that I love so much?
It keeps me moving
Although I try to get up and move around, taking regular breaks while I’m working, the truth is that I can wind up sitting for waaaaayyyy too long. Sound familiar? My problem is that I have fibromyalgia, a syndrome of muscular fatigue and pain that is often centred in my lower back and hips. It is occasionally in my neck, shoulders and upper arms. Sitting for too long is not good for any of this. In fact pain can set in fairly quickly. Doing the Essentrics® exercises, even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes, goes a long way to stretch and strengthen those muscles and reduce the pain. My classes are 30-60 minutes in length, so that really gets things moving. Many days are actually pain-free, but only if I do the exercises. Some of the women in my classes also have fibromyalgia or sciatica and they tell me that that the exercises help. Getting together with others to exercise is important to me. It’s hard to motivate yourself to exercise alone. That’s why I teach: I have to show up. No excuses. Anything done with friends is always better and many of my students have become friends.
I feel better
Once I have done my class and enjoyed some social time I am in a better mood emotionally and I feel better physically. I’m ready to get down to work. I can concentrate better and my writing comes more easily.
When you balance physical exercise with the mental exercise of writing, it is all positive. Check out Essentrics® for yourself and see if this program works for you. You can check out my website to see some videos and testimonials. Whatever you do, keep moving so that you can re-balance your work, and your life.