Most people find excuses to not exercise. We need to find
excuses to exercise. Since we’re creative, we can do it. Put your creativity to
work for you and get your health in the right place so you can create more,
create longer, and create better.
Like your creative activities, you have to make time to
exercise. If you think you don’t have time, you will never have time. There are
so many responsibilities pulling you in so many directions; it’s easy to ignore
exercise even as your health deteriorates. Set aside 30 minutes every day to do
something good for you, your life, and your craft.
Find a Partner
One of the best things you can do is find a partner who is
able to motivate you to exercise. External motivation may not be the best
motivation, but if it gets you started and drags you through those times when
you’d rather be working on the computer, then take it. We all have family
members or friends we need to spend time with. If it’s your children, find
activities that encourage movement together. Your significant other could also
be motivating. A good friend might do the trick to. If you know you need to
spend time with someone choose events and activities that will encourage both
of you to be healthy.
Find a Reason
Use your creative works to help improve your mindset toward
exercise. If you’re a writer, this can be as easy as really wanting to know
what basic training is like, or trying to describe fighting styles, or just harnessing
the feelings involved in a certain activity that corresponds to your writing’s
settings. It’s hard to write about the woods if you’ve never been in them.
Find an Exercise You
You can choose any exercise in the world. There will be
people in your area that engage in the activity, and they are probably looking
for others to join them.
- Kickball: Adult kickball leagues range from competitive to beer. This was one of the most fun activities I engaged in when I lived in Alaska.
- Basketball: I started playing basketball in Germany and continued through college and into my mid-thirties. At 5’ 4” with a bad knee, I’m not your typical player, but I enjoyed it.
- Disc Golf or Frisbee Golf: Frisbee golf is easy. You just need to get a frisbee and find something to throw it at. In college, we used light posts and trees as our goals. Disc golf is a little more serious with courses and specialized throwing discs.
- Fencing: Swords? Yes, please.
- Geocaching: Hiking with a destination. High-tech treasure hunting. Get your GPS and get out to find something or just sign your name.
- Tai Chi: It’s a martial art. It’s slow. It’s easy to motivate me to do Tai Chi.
- Instinctive Archery: Breathing, stance, and getting in touch with your inner self are all part of the experience. Plus, over the course of an hour, you’ll pull a lot of weight, even with a light bow.
- Yoga: For me, yoga isn’t that exciting, but it’s something my wife loves. Then I found Cosmic Kids Yoga: storytelling inspired by Disney, Star Wars and more with yoga moves. They make yoga fun.
- Ballroom and Swing Dancing: Find a group and go. If you’re alone and you’re a guy, don’t worry; there are usually a lot of women willing to dance with a partner they don’t know. Of course, women also dance with each other when no guys are present. Either way, dancing is a good way to work up a sweat. Swing and ballroom dancing just help you look cool doing it.
- Children’s games: Just because you’re grown up doesn’t mean you can’t play like children do.
When you choose an activity, give it two or three weeks and
go at least three times each week. You won’t be good the first couple of times.
That’s okay. You’re not supposed to be good at anything the first time. Don’t
just do exercise on the weekends. That’s a good way to get injured more easily.
Of course, you can always choose more than one activity and you might have your
own. It took a couple of weeks before I came up with the idea for looking for
videos on Disney Yoga. If you have suggestions for motivating and fun
exercises, put them in the comments.
Realize the Benefits
If you know the benefits of exercise and keep them in the forefront
of your mind, you’re less likely to skip them. If you want to live longer,
better and be healthier, so you can create more and create better while being a
part of your friends’ and family’s lives, exercise should be on your list of daily
Have Health Insurance
My lack of health insurance stopped me from playing
basketball. I can’t afford to break a leg, blow out a knee or rupture an Achille’s
tendon. Having health insurance removes that excuse. It allows you to continue
to get the long-term benefits of exercising while mitigating the fear of what
could happen if something were to go wrong. I could get hurt walking down the
street or going down the stairs, but removing basketball from my exercise
regime also limited the possibility of experiencing a catastrophic injury. (And
removed one of the places where I was able to socialize.)
Get a Dog
If you’re lucky enough to have space for a pet and live somewhere
you can have one, get a medium sized or larger dog, even if you’re more of a
cat person. Dogs require you to walk them and play with them. If you take care
of your dog in the right way, you’ll also be taking care of yourself. Just be
sure that you understand what kind of commitment your making, then go for a
walk with your dog for your health.
As always, consult with a physician before you start a new exercise program. If you’re not convinced as to the benefits of exercise, yet, check out “The Secrets to Creativity: Exercise.” For more on creativity, order “Disneyland Is Creativity: 25 Tips for Becoming More Creative.” Get “Penguinate! Essays and Short Stories: Improving Your Creativity for a Better Life and World.” Preorder “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity.”