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Miranda: A little cardio, anyone?

exerciseFor those who live in northern climates, this can be the worst time of year for exercising. If you like to run or walk outdoors, snow and ice make those activities difficult–and the jogging stroller may well be gathering dust in the garage. Even getting to the gym is less appealing when it’s 24 degrees outside.

I wonder, considering the season and the usual demands of motherhood and life, are you are able to exercise regularly? Do you feel that there’s a connection between the amount that you exercise and your level of creativity? Is exercise a time for you to work out plot lines–or simply time to turn off your brain?

For many creative women, working out is a vital part of the daily routine. I agree that exercise is an important part of the mind/body connection–and there’s no question that I just feel better when I’m running regularly. Before this pregnancy, I was up to about 6 miles three or four times a week. I was building up my program and getting excited about longer distances. I was also taking a dance class. But that all came to a grinding halt when I got pregnant. Unlike many studly women, including Jenn, I feel the need to curl into a ball during the first trimester. Now that I’m heading into the home stretch, I’ve lost most of my muscle tone and I have back pain for which I see a chiropractor weekly.

I know that if I could just get myself to do the two prenatal yoga and Pilates DVDs I bought several months ago (and have yet to open) my back would benefit, as would the rest of me–notably my creative capacity and general mood. I’m also dreaming of getting into shape relatively quickly after the baby arrives, which I have a better shot at if I start now. Not to mention all the healthy example-setting for the kids. But I still use the “only so many hours in the day” excuse. (Especially when it comes to yoga, which I find difficult to do with audience, i.e., kids staring at me when I’m trying to breathe deeply and meditate, and so tell myself I need solitude). But like most things, including finishing my book, there is no escaping the truth of “where there’s a will there’s a way.”

What happens at your house?

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  1. I have three prenatal exercise DVDs and I think I’ve actually cracked them twice in the last six months. I’ve used our membership to the Y maybe four times. I just do not want to exercise this go round, even though it makes me feel better. My son is two ounces shy of 25 pounds, and after carting him around all day, I feel like I’ve run a marathon. Like you, though, I do think that it would be in my best interests to exercise, but when? If I have a free hour each day and a chance to do something for myself, I’d rather write a nourish my psyche than exercise and just create more nervous energy in my brain. I can live with flab. I cannot live without that creative release.

    February 24, 2008
  2. I was thinking about this topic just yesterday. Juggling a full time job and classwork while in college, I learned early on that if I don’t exercise (no matter how limited my time may seem), I don’t deal well with stress. Whether it’s working out at the gym or dancing around to music in my own house, my body needs to move in order for my mind to fuction well. I’ve never really drawn a correlation between exercise and creative inspiration, but it was a topic a commenter from the U.K. raised recently on my blog. It definitely deserves more consideration.

    In the mean time, I have not been making time to work out for quite a while now, and I desperately need to find a way to do it!

    February 24, 2008
  3. I am in the worst shape of my life this year. šŸ˜¦ It is so freakin’ cold, and the snow has made all our roads too narrow to drive much less walk, and we don’t live anywhere near a Y or other facility (much less have the money to pay for things in them, since we’re spending so much on plowing and gas and oil heat). I am PRAYING we are somehow able to move south this year. I SO MISS swimming, biking, walking… I cannot even tell you! My old resistance routine in front of the TV just doesn’t feel the same without cardio… šŸ˜¦

    February 25, 2008
  4. Well, yesterday afternoon, after quitting time, I told Toddler that Mommy was going to do some exercises with an exercise movie. He was very excited to watch/participate. But just as I was about to unwrap the prego-Pilates DVD, Eighth Grader called asking for a pickup from his band rehearsal. So there went my 30-minute window. But at least now I realize Toddler will probably allow me to get in a brief workout–hoping to try again today before dinner.

    February 28, 2008
  5. Exercise? What the hell is that? Seriously, if i can get my butt to the office in the morning, that is about all I do.

    Strangely enough for me… the more busy I am with the day job, the more creative I get. My brain when it gets too logical must freak out! šŸ˜‰

    March 1, 2008

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