Edith/Maddie here, kicking off a month of Strong Women as our March Wicked Wednesday theme.
And now you know the extent of my talent in visual art! Nothing wrong with a stick figure, I always say, and check out their impressive biceps. (The graphic was put together by the talented Jennifer McKee.)
It’s well-known that staying physically fit helps us feel better and live longer. I can say with confidence that my fellow Wicked Authors are women full of life, and we all want to live well as long as we can. We have words to write and worlds to create, after all.
So, Wickeds – what do you do to keep your physical self strong? Lift weights? Carry grandbabies – or dogs? Isometric pushups against the wall? Brisk walks, swims, or gym workouts? Crunches at your desk? Share with our readers. And if you don’t want to talk about yourself, how about your protagonist(s)?
Sherry: I take lots of walks. And funny you mentioned wall pushups because I do those on and off. I keep saying I’m going to get in a routine with them, but never do. I also do some balance exercises which I also need to do on a more regular basis. Chloe is a big fan of running and water sports — that keeps her in shape.
Jessie: For the last three years I have slowly become a fairly regular runner. I injured a knee back in December so I have been off my game a bit lately, but it is my exercise of choice. Recently, my husband gifted me with an infrared sauna which I have gleefully added to my self-care routine. There is nothing like sweating for an hour whilst the frigid north wind howls round the house!
Liz: Jessie! I’m so jealous – it’s a life goal of mine to have a sauna IN MY HOUSE. I love them. I take lots of walks on the beach – 6 or 7 miles a day in the warmer months. I’m also a huge Body Pump and Body Combat junkie. I have the on-demand channel so I can work out whenever. Sometimes if I’m feeling like I need something different I’ll hit the rower or the elliptical in my building’s gym.
Edith/Maddie: I was a runner for a decade or so, Jessie, and loved that feeling. No more, alas. Instead, I walk a minimum of 10k steps a day and just bought myself a set of weights – pairs of three, five, and eight pounds in pretty colors – because I’m determined to try to build back some muscle. Sherry, I take an online balance class twice a week that’s very good. Let me know if you want the link!
Julie: List me as another Wicked jealous of Jessie’s sauna! These days especially. I endeavor to get 5-10K steps a day, and have become a fan of doing virtual walking challenges. I also am a fan of dance workouts, especially Country Head and Let’s Get Up. I’m also adding yoga to the mix. I used to run (well, never really run but walk fast) but my knees are sore these days. Nevertheless, I’m thinking about signing up for a 5K this spring to challenge myself.
Readers: What do you do to try to stay fit?