The Get Healthy Blog Hop

29 May

Today is the Get Healthy Blog Hop, which is hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Steven Tremp, L. Diane Wolfe, and Michael Di Gesu. The idea is that bloggers share something that we have done to affect our health in a positive way.

When I saw this blog hop was happening, I knew I had to get involved. The main reason for this is that my health–or more specifically, my fitness–has become more of a priority for me over the past couple of months.

Recently, I decided that I spend way too much time on my butt. Working from home as a writer is really not conducive to high levels of physical activity unless I make myself do something. You know, there are some days when I don’t even need to leave the house. (I promise you that I ALWAYS get dressed, though!) I can eat all the vegetables that I like, but unless I do some exercise, I’m only doing half a job. And exercise is really the only way to combat that condition known as ‘writer’s arse’–and no one wants to succumb to that…

So, at the beginning of April I decided to start running. Before you groan and click away from my blog, please bear in mind that I was starting from scratch. Worse than scratch, even. Oddly enough, even though I always walk briskly when I’m going somewhere, stepping that up a notch to a jog was a killer for me. For the first few runs, I walked way more than I ran, and I wondered if it was ever going to get easier.

I looked up some tips online for beginner runners–simple techniques for stretching, breathing, even how to hold my arms. I took my mum’s dog with me, and still do–as she’s a German Shepherd cross, I get tired WAY before she does–which helps me keep going. She has places to go and things to sniff, and no wheezing human is going to stop her from doing that!

Now I have been running twice a week for two months, and I’ve already made good progress. I can’t do the entire distance without stopping, but I only have to walk for two or three short periods along the way, and I don’t think it’ll be too long before I need to start running further.

Now I have more energy that I used to, which is something I never believed before I started exercising properly. How can that even be possible? I don’t know, but it’s true. I feel much better in myself, and I’m more productive when I sit down to work, often achieving more than I used to in a longer timespan. I truly believe that if I can run, pretty much anyone can–it’s free to do, after all. You just need to make the decision to do it, and keep going. I absolutely HATED it at first, and can’t actually convey in words just how unfit I was. (I know, I know–and I call myself a writer…)

Around the same time I started running, I started going to a yoga class at my local leisure centre. I absolutely LOVE it. There’s something so relaxing and enriching about practising these stretches, and I thoroughly recommend it for anyone. If you spend all day at a desk, I suspect you would benefit especially, as many of the poses are designed to stretch and strengthen the spine, and release the tension from the neck and shoulders. The stress relief is also immense, so from now on I intend to save my most stressful tasks (read: ebook formatting) for Thursdays, so I can go to my yoga class that evening to unwind!

Thanks for reading! Click here to visit the other Get Healthy Blog Hop participants.

18 Responses to “The Get Healthy Blog Hop”

  1. Johanna May 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    I love running. I’m slow, but it gives me so much energy and time to think.

    • Stacey Mitchell May 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      Yes, it’s great for that time to think. I’m growing to love it too!

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh May 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I jog five miles a day, four to five days a week. You’re right that it gives one more energy. And in the process, drains stress.

    • Stacey Mitchell May 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Whoa, that’s impressive! You’re right–running is great stress relief too.

  3. Annalisa Crawford May 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Running and yoga complement each other really well.

    • Stacey Mitchell May 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      Yes, I’m definitely starting to realise that–I didn’t have a clue when I started.

  4. S. Katherine Anthony May 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    I took up jogging in January also and love it. I try a minimum of 12 miles a week, whether its 3 miles 5xweek or 5 miles 3 times a week.. I do it. Glad you are enjoying it too ;)

  5. Susie Levine May 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    I used to hate running, too, but now I find it to be so cathartic! It clears my mind. Unfortunately, I have plantar fasciitis, so I have to limit my runs, but I still enjoy them!

    • Stacey Mitchell May 31, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      Oh that’s a shame, but I’m glad you enjoy it when you can! I definitely agree that it clears the mind :-)

  6. Elle Turner May 29, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Well done you! I don’t like running (it involves going out in the cold ;-) ), but I do like my Jillian Michaels and Davina McCall DVDs and definitely feel better after working out. Keep up the good work! :-) xx

    • Stacey Mitchell May 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

      Thanks Elle! I have a couple of good DVDs too, but no space to do them at the moment. I imagine Davina is good for keeping you motivated–she always seems so happy!

  7. Susanne Drazic May 30, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    There are a lot of people who have mentioned running and yoga as their choices of exercise. You are in very good company.

    • Stacey Mitchell May 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

      Ah, that’s good to hear! It certainly seems to be a good combination, anyway.

  8. M. J. Joachim May 30, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    I wish I ran more than I do. I tend to power walk. I’m so close to running, and i think it will be great when I work into it more.

    • Stacey Mitchell May 31, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

      But power walking is good too–anything is that gets your heart rate up :-) Running got a little easier quicker than I thought it would, if that makes sense.

  9. Michael Di Gesu May 31, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Hi, Stacey,

    Congrats and keep up the good work. Beginning any kind of exercise takes a bit of time before you strengthen the body. I have heard SO many wonderful things about Yoga visiting everyone on this HOP, so I may have to try it. I have joint issues and was always leery of giving it a try.

    Glad you have the perfect running partner…. LOL… PUPS are great!

    Thanks for sharing and joining the HOP!!!!

    • Stacey Mitchell May 31, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

      Thanks Michael :-) My yoga teacher told me that anyone can do yoga, as you take each pose as far as you want to, or are able to.

      And yes, the dog is great to run with. She’s always enthusiastic, which is great for the days when I’m not!

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