Get On — and Stick to — A Regular Exercise Routine
“Say what?!” you may be thinking, “what does this have to do with freelance writing?” Hold your horses and let me explain . . .
I’ve been a runner since I was 18 – that’s almost 30 years now. I run 3-6 days a week for anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. When I feel stressed, depressed or just down in the dumps for whatever reason, I go for a run. It clears my head and makes me feel better; not to mention the “beauty” benefits.
I’ll be 48 in just a few months (click photo for larger view), but no one believes me when I tell them — although I feel it when I hit the track some days, believe me!
A lot of it is good genes, but my two best beauty “secrets” are hands down – regular exercise and sleep (I’m an insomniac when it comes to bedtime, but like a toddler, will take a nap in a heartbeat during the day!).
Exercise: It Never Disappoints – Ever!
NEVER ONCE in all of my years of working out have I ever regretted a workout. Not ONCE!
Have I regretted thinking about the fact that I have to work out?
Have I regretted having to bend over to tie my shoe and find my keys to get to the track for my work out?
Have I regretted the first 15 to 20 minutes of a workout, asking myself yet one more time, “And why do I do this again?”
But then, something magical happens. The creaks in my bones smooth out, the walking/running becomes more fluid, the juices in my brain start flowing – and before I know it . . .
I’m wishing that it wasn’t dark so I didn’t have to leave the park.
Or, that the rain would hold off a little longer because I’m not ready to stop (only because I don’t want to get my iPod wet).
Or, that I’d signed on with that 24-hour gym because the one I belong to is about to close.
The point is, I ALWAYS feel better afterwards – ALWAYS; even when the workout itself hasn’t been the best. And not for nothing, I do some of my best thinking and problem-solving when I’m working out (especially on long runs).
My Take on Working Out Still Hasn’t Convinced You?
Following is some info from experts that will hopefully make you change your mind.
A growing body of research suggests sitting down for most of the day can be lethal. It has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and death from any cause. [Source: LiveScience.com, Sitting Is Deadly, Mounting Research Reveals]
A growing body of research shows that long periods of physical inactivity raise your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. In January 2010, British experts linked prolonged periods of sitting to a greater likelihood of disease. And that same month, Australian researchers reported that each hour spent watching TV is linked to an 18% increase in the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, perhaps because that time is spent sitting down. [Source: WebMD.com, Do You Have Sitting Disease?]
As a freelancer, most of us spend hours in our chairs glued to our laptops, no? That’s why these stats stood out to me. And as the research shows, even when you work out, if you’re siting most of the day, you can still be at risk for some pretty nasty diseases.
Think about how much worse off you are if you’re NOT getting any physical exercise on a regular basis. So get up. Move! It’s vital to good health – and let me tell you, NOTHING is more important than good health.
Dead at 45 and 47
I’m almost older than both my parents when they died.
My mom died from breast cancer at the young age of 45. My father died at an equally young age — 47. Losing people you love so young to terrible diseases makes you realize that without good health, everything else kinda pales in comparison – that last client you lost, the griping about freelance writing rates, the whining about having to do a project you have no interest in.
Try fighting cancer. You’d wish for the types of problems you think you have as a freelancer.
And not for nothing, you’d be amazed at what exercise can do for your body – and your freelance business, because you’ll feel better and think better.
Share Your Thoughts
Do you exercise regularly as a freelancer? If so, what kind of exercise do you do (running is my workout of choice)? How many days/hours per week do you devote to it? What would you say are some of the benefits of it?
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