Yeah, this statement goes directly against my blog’s identity, but today I just wanted to share something except my usual banter. We bloggers write for hours and hours, giving our brains a heck load of exercise but it doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to your physical health. No, I’m not one of those fitness freaks nor I’m going to lecture you, ’cause I myself can be quite a slouch at times. But I was going through my Reader, and I must say I am terrified by the frequency with which A Opinionated Man blogs.
A lot of you people are inspired by his blogging skills, and I know I am too. He is hilariously funny, charming, and his writing skills are nothing short of amazing. Competing with such a blogger seems like an infinitely challenging feat, but while in your pursuit to follow your passion of writing do NOT forget that your body loves you and needs your attention too. Yes, OM I am talking to you too. I know you won’t read this, but still. -_-
I recently realized that due to my “in-front-of-screen-all-the-time-routine” my body wasn’t functioning as healthy as it was supposed to. It was screaming “LOOK UP, YOU IDIOT!” So, I looked up from the screen, put my laptop aside for a while and developed a routine in which I started treating my body as it deserves. You bloggers must know that due to lack of physical activity and an unhealthy diet one can develop a wide variety of physical ailments, including digestive problems, kidney diseases, diabetes and whatnot.
Since I’ve added exercise to my routine and started to consume more fruits and fiber I am now in a much more healthy mental state as well. My body has started to love me back and it’s telling me that it will do its best to keep those filthy ailments away.
So guys, when you’re done writing your post, watching a movie/show, reading a book or doing whatever that requires sitting or lying down, follow these easy steps to become less of a Couch Potato (be a Potahto not a Potato):
- Download an app like “7 Minute Workout” on your phone. There are a dozen great Android and iPhone applications out there which are perfect for people who have a tough time getting some time out from their busy routine for exercise. Set the timers according to your ability, complete at least one circuit per day (you can double or triple your circuits as your body starts to allow it). If apps are something you don’t wanna follow then there a LOT of YouTube fitness channels that can guide you in easy-to-do, at-home, without-equipment exercises.
- When the sun sets down and a cool breeze starts to blow, leave all your electronic devices and step outside your home and go on a brisk walk for at least 20 minutes. Trust me, this is the best time for a refreshing walk. For me, this is the time of day when I get to ponder upon my life and my dreams (or my next blog idea).
- Fruits! I can not emphasize enough on how important fruits are for your health. I was the kind of person who felt sick by the thought of eating some. I ate them like once a month. But since I’ve started consuming one or two helpings of fruits per day I have seen this amazing change in my physical and mental health. Slice em, bite em or make a smoothie out of em, it doesn’t matter. Just put them inside your stomach and you’ll notice a positive change in your health immediately.
- Heh! By now you know I’m gonna advise you to eat more vegetables (especially the green ones), but I know if you’re not used to cooking and eating veggies you’re not gonna start after some blog you read about it. So for now, please follow the first 3 steps and soon enough you’ll wanna start working on the 4th all by yourself 🙂
I know, this sounds boring, and you don’t have enough time, and this post isn’t inspiring at all and I’m just babbling to myself; but even if ONE person out there starts caring about him/herself or at least TRIES to, then my rant wasn’t useless at all. Just try to work on these steps, give it a week even if it sounds boring as hell (trust me, I’VE BEEN THERE), and once you get used to it you’ll notice this amazing change in yourself and will advance from this basic 4-step routine to treating your body like a temple.