|"Christmas Time" ©Mary Montague Sike|
This is the time of year many of us are completing our Christmas gift lists. It's the time of year when I consider what might be the most important gift for a writer, or for anyone, for that matter.
As we grow older, I hear and read complaints about numerous ailments. Good health is the most important gift of all, I've decided. Without good health and physical fitness, authors don't feel like sitting in front of a computer to write, and artists are less likely to stand before an easel or wall to create a new painting.
For writers, artists, or anyone on your holiday list, a gift of physical fitness might be the best gift of all. Years ago, my husband and I gave each other a fitness center membership. It was often difficult to make ourselves spend the time to drive about an hour round trip three or four times a week, but we did it. While he uses the fitness machines, the sauna and hot tub at the gym, I take group classes that started with step aerobics and have escalated to all the latest fads that include pilates, tabata, zumba, and, now, Shockwave! We have taken the bicycle revving class together as well as yoga. We have stayed fit and energetic while doing these classes and activities. That's why I believe a starter gift certificate at a fitness center makes a lovely and important present for anyone you care about on your list. That first fitness center membership was the best gift of all for us.
|"Physical Woman" acrylic/canvas ©Mary Montague Sikes|