It’s so easy for a writer to just sit in front of their laptop and never get outside and do something. And you know what happens? We become a lazy, sedentary fat ass… (Below you’ll see how I get off my fat ass)
One year goes by, and then the next, and our waistline keeps getting more disgusting, and it becomes harder to do things that were nothing to us before we started writing full-time. I deal with this to a degree, mostly because I drink every day, sometimes a lot, and it all adds up, and if it wasn’t for going out and doing some side work a few times a month, grueling work actually, and if it wasn’t for shadowboxing, I’d be even more angry with myself than I am. And the beautiful thing about an aggressive exercise like boxing is that you get to let go of that anger. It’s therapeutic, trust me.
I’ve gained twenty five pounds from drinking in the last year. To me, and my family, and friends I’ve grown up with I’m starting to look like the Pillsbury Doughboy. I’ve always been in great shape. I want to get back to that . And it doesn’t take a lot of effort, although the more we let ourselves go, the harder it’s going to be. I’ve started shadowboxing, and look forward to buying a heavy bag to beat on since I’ve done tons of exercises and I have never found a better activity. Shadowboxing is easy. You’re just throwing punches, hard ones, and you learn to throw combinations, and you do one minute sets, and you’ll be surprised how quickly it’ll tax your air intake and get you buzzing, and how quickly your shoulders and core are feeling it. Take some lessons if you have to. A few weeks with a proper trainer will help you get in the best shape of your life. Plus you can use the concepts you learn shadowboxing/boxing in your stories. There are principles that you can carry over to improve your writing even as you get back in shape. I won’t tell you what they are because I think discovering things for ourselves is the best teacher.
I come from a background in music and boxing/martial arts. From decades of doing what I love, things that were there for me long before writing, I still believe that beating on a heavy bag is THE best exercise there is. And heavy bags are cheap, and they pay off if you use them. Before you get a heavy bag to get in shape, the best thing you can do is what I’ve always done (with music, with fighting, with writing) and that’s to mimic those you really admire. To be honest, I’m sick of being fat, but I love drinking and eating and don’t want to quit/moderate either of them, but it doesn’t take a lot of boxing work–an hour a day probably for most people, keeping their heart rate up for most of that time–to feel better about themselves and to shed the fat they’ve been accumulating since they’ve started staring at a computer screen twenty, or more, hours a week. You can get back in shape. I’m going to. Join me. It’s so easy for us to let ourselves go. It’s up to us, just like it is with writing or parenting or whatever, to DO something about it.