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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Your Health is the Most Important Thing

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Get Healthy Blog HopMy mother used to tell me that if you don't have your health, you don't have anything. She was so right! I know that if for some reason I don't feel well, I'm not inspired to write and I have no desire to head into the studio to paint. That's why I've developed a plan for Writing Health.


Fitness Classes are good for your health.
Writers spend way too much time seated in front of a computer. To maintain good health, we need to develop an exercise program from the very beginning. Years ago, I began taking aerobics classes. I went from floor aerobics to step aerobics. At first, I worried that the step would injure my knees but found instead that it strengthened them. Over the years, I've taken a variety of classes but have kept a schedule of doing at least 3 hour-long or longer classes each week. Right now, I take a Tabata class (an interval training class using the 20/10 rule of 20 seconds of workout then 10 seconds of rest with 8 repetitions per cycle and 8 to 12 cycles per class), Zumba (an intense class with Latin and other dance routines), and Hatha Yoga. The Tabata class includes use of Power Ropes for strength training. With these classes and playing tennis when possible, my weight is basically what it was when I was in high school (including a little additional weight for the muscles I have now I didn't have then).

I am fortunate that my Fitness Center offers a wide variety of classes for all levels of ability. If you don't have the opportunity to go to a Wellness Center, you can set up a schedule of walking a mile or two three or four times a week. Also, get a set of hand weights and keep them by your computer desk. Do a set of biceps lifts and a set of triceps lifts several times during the day at least three days a week. While lifting weights, strengthen your eyesight from focusing on distant objects through your office window.

Healthy Diet

Meat and cheese from this tray would be good choices.
Everyone needs a healthy diet. I am not a cook and cannot offer recipe advice. However, I do believe in eating balanced meals including fresh vegetables and salads with lunch and dinner. We have chicken and fish most often and pork or beef on occasion. I seldom eat hamburger because I've found it leaves me sluggish. For the past few months, we have not eaten bread because of concerns that the genetically engineered grains are not good for our health. Although I'm not following it completely, I am interested in the Paleo diet.

I believe in common sense when it comes to eating. No fad diets. Stay away from snack food. Take vitamin supplements. We've found that Chondroitin/Glucosamine is an excellent supplement to prevent leg cramps and arthritic problems--three a day.

Get healthy. Stay healthy. Make that your plan for life.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monty .. what you're saying makes absolute sense .. eat sensibly, preferably less than you need, exercise often and stretch, and adapt to what suits your body and what it needs to maintain it in good health.

Cheers Hilary

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Sitting on our bottoms all day typing is what gets us into trouble isn't it :). I would be in a terrible state without my exercise bike :D.
Tasha's Thinkings

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post, you write alot of sense , Thanks for an interesting read,


Amy Sikes said...

What a great post!

Also, you're a better cook than you realize. :)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Yes, Hilary, you're right. Thank you for visiting!

Nice, Natasha that you use your exercise bike. Often, folks have them gathering dust in a corner! Thank for commenting.

Thank you, Yvonne!

Amy, thanks for stopping by and for the compliment on my cooking!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Wow, tabata is hardcore training, very impressive :-)

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks,Annalisa, I know:).

S.P. Bowers said...

Excellent advice. Health really is a lifestyle not a fad. That's wonderful your center offers so many choices. That makes it easy to find what works for you.

S.K. Anthony said...

Common sense plays the biggest part in the journey to getting healthy, I think. I'm glad you have such a wonderful Fitness Center, great advice for those who are not members of one ;)

Julie Luek said...

Yes more movement in the writer's day. That's the goal. I do a big workout every day, but need to add additional movement at least once an hour when writing.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, S. P. and S. K. I am glad to have the Fitness Center although it's a half-hour drive away!

Julie, that's great to do a workout every day. It's hard to do but is a big health plus. Thanks for sharing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Skip the hamburger - it stays in your intestines for days, which is part of the reason you feel sluggish.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Mary. Great tips. My husband is sort of doing Paleo. His doctor okayed it, but wants him to go into it slowly. I try to eat more raw/vegan/vegetarian.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've always wanted to try Zumba. Do you have to be coordinated? Because I'm not. At all.

M. J. Joachim said...

I like the aspect of variety you shared in this post. Exercise and a healthy diet definitely make the difference. However, it's so much easier to enjoy them when you mix it up a little.

Chuck said...

A lot of really good tips there, Monti. I agree with the exercise and diet along with supplements. I take a lot of supplements daily and sometimes vary them by season (more Vitamin D in the wintertime, etc.). Great post.

Suzanne said...

Excellent plan for life, like you say 'if you haven't got your health...'
Suzanne @Suzannes Tribe

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Monty,

What a great tip to include the eyes. We strain our eyes for HOURS a day and never think about exercising them.

Your tips are perfect. Moderation is the key to keep working out.

My mom always said "You can't buy your health, but if you are healthy you can ALWAYS work to make money."

Thanks for joining the HOP!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Alex. I almost always skip hamburger in favor of something else.

Thanks, Susanne. Glad your husband is checking out paleo. Interesting way to eat.

M. J., thank you for visiting and commenting.

Diane, a little coordination helps when it comes to Zumba. You would enjoy it, I bet.

Thanks, Chuck. Glad you take supplements, too.

Suzanne, thanks for commenting.

Michael, eyes are so important. I don't remember to exercise them often enough.

loverofwords said...

I am impressed with your workout schedule and your discipline.