This sucks. I’m tired. It’s hot in my house and I’m here jumping around. Working out. My hair’s getting sweaty and frizzy with every hip-hop inspired move I awkwardly try to imitate. Plus, the two cups of coffee I greedily slurped down when I woke up are now sloshing around in my stomach. Gross. These are all thoughts that go through my head when I work out. I use JJ Dancer’s videos on YouTube which are usually 20-30 minutes in length. I work out at home, watching the video on my laptop. I use my home office as a workout space which means I literally have to walk 32 feet from my bedroom to do the workout. And still I dread it. Sometimes I sleep in my workout clothes so I don’t even have to change into anything in the morning. Still sucks.
If you Google “physical exercise and productivity,” all kinds of articles, websites, etc. pop up. LIVESTRONG makes a connection between working out and improved performance in the workplace. It cites increased blood flow, less anxiety and depression, prevention of illness and improved relationships with co-workers as some of the benefits of working out. I don’t doubt any of this. And these are all reasons to exercise. But here’s the main one for me--I always feel better afterwards. And when I feel better, I write better. I can also say to myself: “You’ve already worked out today. You’re a badass. Now go write 10 pages!” It’s sort of a psychological milestone I use to trick myself into thinking I’m a productive person.
Lawrence Kasdan said “Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.” I hear you, Larry. The shit is hard. Writing something every day is what most writers say keeps the flow going. I feel like the same is true for working out. The more I do it, the more I’m likely to do it on a regular basis. In my bio, I cop to not working out every day. But I do try to get exercise every day. When I’m feeling lazy and less inclined to work out (this is often, scribes) I repeat to myself part of Newton's first law of motion-- an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. This law of physics isn’t really meant to apply to hip hop workouts or working out in general, but it sounds cool and it helps keep me motivated.
The picture of me working out was takien by my husband who couldn’t stop laughing. I know I look super focused. And I am. But not because I take working out super seriously. It’s mostly because even though I’ve been working out to JJ Dancer for a few years, I still get lost with her routines. I have to concentrate to get her dance moves down. And sometimes I feel like an idiot doing her “twerk-le in a circle” move but this work out and some of her others are what keep me exercising regularly. And as a result, writing regularly. So, when you see me with frizzy, puffy hair, know that I’m in motion, bitches.