Working Out is Portable!

Hello, everyone. Rafa and Roger never made it to the Aussie finals. (Without them, does the Australian Open even count, lol? ) Tennis fans know, though, the circuit on both sides is bursting with tremendous talent and extremely likable players. Makes it hard to root for one w/o feeling badly for another. Nothing against Andy Murray, but with dynamic David Ferrer out of the mix I’ll have pulled for Djokovic in peace, lol.  Next week, I can enjoy the SuperBowl, knowing I was on board for the better part of the season. (Love my Giants’ jacket but think I jinxed them with it. They’re nosedive started the Sunday after I bought the darn coat!)

Oh well, enough of that. As I was putting together this post I got this feeling of how very blessed I am in this writer’s gig. Still working on learning the difference between writer and author, but taking baby steps in that direction and finding folks along the way willing to teach. In this case, Joy found my blog, left me a very kind message and wound up with an invitation to visit. Since I love is keeping things eclectic, Joy’s take on getting us out of that chair in front of the screen (any size, any kind) applies to anyone and pretty much anyone.

Introducing my newest writer/online friend:

Joy E. Held: author of Writer Wellness, A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity, Who Dares Wins Publishing

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PLEASE NOTE: This information is not meant to replace the advice of a qualified health care practitioner. Seek council before starting any exercise program.

THE PORTABLE WORKOUT: WALKING   Joy E. Held  Writer Wellness, A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity

I know, I know. You hate to exercise. Most of us do. I teach six yoga classes a week and workout on the weekends (Sunday off,) and I resist working out sometimes just like anyone else. But times have changed. Technology isn’t to blame. It’s to be commended because with changing times have come new ways to get physically fit because of technology’s vast array of offerings in the world of fitness. But are all the options helpful?

Writer Wellness came about fifteen years ago when fellow critique group members asked me what the secret was to publishing, working part-time, raising a family, and staying in shape. My dance and yoga background was a natural part of my everyday life, but it wasn’t for my friends. I took a step back, examined what I did, and Writer Wellness was born. I determined that my personal program of journal writing, exercise, meditation, eating right, and noodling around with creative play kept me compassionate, productive, and creative. What else do we want? Good health.

Over the years I’ve seen exercise go from aerobic class twice a week to cell phone apps where scantily clad gals demonstrate yoga poses that most of us only look at in books. Let’s get real. A good, old fashioned workout that raises your heart rate and brings out a little sweat doesn’t need much equipment. Some time, the right shoes, the right space or equipment, and knowledge of what to do are all anyone needs to achieve health. (Amen!)

Here are some simple ideas to get you going on the road to physical fitness no matter who you are:

1.WALK: on an indoor track, around the neighborhood, on a treadmill, at the park, around the lake, in the woods, in the gym, or in the office building. Get good shoes with a SUPPORTIVE ARCH and buy an additional orthotic insert to support your heels and arches even more and hit the ground walking. Start out with brief sessions and build up to 30-minute walks three to five times a week. Some people don’t do anything but walk and it works wonders. Challenged physically? Find a gym or buy an inexpensive recumbent bike and squeeze soft stress balls in both hands WHILE you work out on the bike for up to 20-minute intervals several times a week.

Please allow me to add to that: anyone who is physically challenged might want to consider seeing his/her physician for a referral to a physical therapist or specialized trainer. With only one or two visits (at times rendered in one’s home, and possibly covered by health  insurance), these professionals can help design a home exercise/fitness  program tailored to the unique needs of this particular population.

2.DVDs: Don’t buy them at first. They get stale fast. Borrow them from the library or rent them from Netflix and maintain a steady diet of exercise videos on the television screen. Once a day, pop in the dvd and work along with the cuties in tight pants for whatever time you have to spare. If you don’t do the whole session, remember to cool down before you move along to your next project. Morning, noon, or night. Just workout a few minutes every day and you will eventually see results you thought only belonged to scantily clad girls in cell phone apps. You can be your own cell phone app with a little bit of determination and variety. Don’t intentionally sabotage the plan to get healthy by repeating the same thing day after day. Make the effort to shake things up regularly.

Be well, write well,


That ‘regularly’ part is key, Joy. I’m moving into my second year of consistent exercising (frequent walking included) and loving the results! I was so inspired by the changes, a post by author Riley Quinn and feeling good about myself, I wound up writing a two-part blog of my own about it. (Newsflash: Blog-Hopping Can Lead to Inspiration! Part One; Part Two). By adding some dance moves (tying them into a given song’s beat, i.e., J-Lo’s ‘Let’s Get Loud’ is perfect for incorporating lunge-type movements with the Latin beat), I keep it fresh and fun. My YouTube playlist keeps the music current and retro-mixed and totally customized to my tastes for free! Finally, I try not to obsess about a missed session, either, by picking back up ASAP. Keeps it from being a chore and no guilt!

That’s it, friends. Thanks to Joy for sharing her wisdom with us, and thanks to all of you who stopped in. Let’s call this Wellness Week: tune in Thursday when Diane Lang brings more of her brand of sage advice for managing stress to the bloglight. Hope to see you then!

Have a wonderful day,


22 thoughts on “Working Out is Portable!

    1. Hi Jenni,

      So nice to have you drop in 🙂 Between you, Bob, Kristen and Anna I am learning so much–thank you! As per your comment, I find my best ideas come when I’m walking (or driving)–just can’t stand that I can’t get those ideas onto a virtual page while they’re streaming in. Maybe a hand-held recorder would do it. Now there’s a thought.


    2. Hi, Jen,
      You’re right! Physical exercise does foster creativity. One reason recently discovered by modern science is that physical activity stimulates production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor which creates new brain cells which makes you smarter which helps you be more creative. (Not to imply that anyone is not smart. BDNF keeps us improving.) Keep moving and thanks for stopping in today.


  1. Hi, Joanna and Joy, really great interview. I appreciate the nod to people with physical challenges. I am blessed to have a saintly physical therapist privately come to my home weekly. He charges BOGO prices and provides me with an exercise regeime to do at home. He is an angel on earth.
    Also, I have been practicing Qi-Gong for ten years, very simple postures with deep breathing.
    As for walking, I had a fear of walking around the block alone. I overcame this long held fear until Dec. 22, 2010. The snow and ice have halted a conquered neurosis, but today is St. Brigid’s Day. Spring’s return. I am certain casual strolls are in my future, camera in hand of course.
    Thanks for the wonderful information for everyone.


  2. Hey Vikki, so glad you dropped in! Your PT may be an angel, but you actually IMPLEMENTING your program is what makes it work. The Qi-Gong sounds very interesting–I’ll bet it involves isometrics, exercises that involve contracting muscles around a joint w/o movement: a safe alternative, especially when tendinitis and other setbacks hinder one’s routine.

    Does the impending ice-storm have a clue it’s St. Brigid’s Day? I’m ready for spring!


  3. I used to run marathons, but as a disabled vet, that’s not in the cards any more. I still do a little bit of running, mainly with the Cool Gus and Sassy Becca to keep them calmed down. But I’ve found walking and biking allow me more space to think than running. I run on trails through a forest in the Pacific Northwest and you have to be on alert for roots, fallen trees, etc. while running. Walking, I can slow down, process thoughts. Biking also is calming and allows my brain free rein.


    1. I live about 30 minutes away from the coast so marine breezes before or after a storm are a normal occurrence. Love them during the summer, my favorite time to walk and let the breezes clear my head or foster ideas, re-work a scene, etc.

      Thanks, Bob, for stopping by, and for all the wonderfully informative and inspiring posts over at the Writer Warrior and Write It Forward.


    2. Hi, Bob,
      You are soooo healthy! And I remember reading in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron to always have a tiny notebook and pencil in your pocket on those walks.
      Thanks for dropping in today.


  4. Hi Joy,
    Enjoyed your post. To me exercise has to do with the mindset that it is not exercise, but a lifestyle choice. Exercising is hard for me because I never had to worry about my weight until around the age of forty and then my weight started creeping up. I make sure to walk at least 2 to 4 miles a day plus exercise at least an hour each evening. If you have a friend who exercises with you so much the better! You are less likely to skip days with an exercise partner. Best of wishes to you. (And yes, exercising helps with the muse)


    1. Wow, Zequeatta, you are dedicated! I’m happy to put in anywhere from 20-30 minutes dancing and/or exercising, but hubby and I try to incorporate a 25-minute walk every day we can. And I am the opposite w/a partner. Years ago, had I waited for the 3 friends who checked out a gym w/me to sign up, I would never have lost the weight I did then. I speak only for myself, but going solo is the better choice. (Guess it depends on the reliability of those friends, lol.)

      Lifestyle choice: definitely.

      Thanks for stopping in!


  5. How very dare you?! Of course it counts: Murray made the final! Sorry. Tennis rant over now… Of course I’m biased – I’m a Brit.

    Otherwise, I really enjoyed your blog post. I’m so with you on the DVD dance workouts. I was over the moon to find one of Lilia Kopylova’s (from Strictly Come Dancing, our equivalent of Dancing with the Stars) in a charity shop for £2!


    1. No offense to Murray, Stephanie. I’m biased myself, lol, and I’m an American :). Rafa has that Stefan Edberg quality–his quiet, steady way on the court is what endeared me to tennis in the first place. And I have to say, Novak currently holds the #2 ranking as favorite player. Glad you enjoyed the post. As per those DVDs, I generally can’t coordinate enough or don’t like the pace (too slow, too fast, etc). They are great though, for fueling ideas and practicing different moves to create a workout of one’s own. Thanks for visiting!


    1. Agreed. Or diving into making dinner, dealing with homework, etc. Also one of my favorite things to do in the evening, too.


    2. Hi, Maeve,
      It’s a challenge sometimes to work in a workout and work and write so I applaud you. Thanks for stopping by.


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