Sunday, February 3, 2008

Daily yoga

About a year ago I realized that the only way to survive a sedentary job like writing was to make exercise a part of the work day.

I now begin each day with a strenuous 90 minute session of Bikram yoga.

The results have been pretty good: lost 50 pounds, sleep better, get more work done, anxiety and worry largely a thing of the past, more cheerful.

I'm better able to withstand mental and physical stress of writing. (After a day of writing I'm exhausted and dripping with sweat.)

Wish I'd fully understood the necessity for daily vigorous exercise as a prophylactic for sedentary work 30 or 40 years ago. Maybe I could have avoided some of the health issues I've had to wrestle with over the past few years.

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