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Writing is a sedentary endeavor, but fitness is pretty similar to writing. Both require focus, goals, determination and self-discipline. Both show results over time. Both are our responsibility.

What can you do while sitting at your desk? It’s been more than a decade since JetBlue introduced airplane yoga. Nowadays…

…it is possible to walk while writing. At last year’s American Society of Journalists & Authors’ conferenceEsquire editor-at-large and Mental Floss commentator A.J. Jacobs relayed his experience setting up a treadmill desk. In fact, he wrote an entire book while walking at his desk. Very inspiring!

The past few years I’ve noticed a surge in stand-up writing desks. I’m still using the nearly 100-year-old desk we acquired last year, but in the next few weeks I will be renovating/redecorating my office and might consider a stand-up option. Honestly, the stand-up desks are just plain ugly. I can’t find one that doesn’t look overly modern or clunky!

Over the last six months I lost 14 pounds and 5 inches off my waist. 🙂 Writers are known to be solitary, and I prefer my workouts that way. However, I have a nice social balance with all of the open mics, writing and poetry groups I’m involved with, so for the first time ever I took a group exercise class this week (more about that below). Here’s what I’ve been doing and I’m curious about your fitness choices. I’d love to add some variety to the mix!

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Ran my first 5K this fall in Cary, NC.

Running. If you asked me to run a mile two years ago I wouldn’t have been able to finish. I’m amazed that today I can run over 3 miles without stopping and still feel ready to do more. I ran my first 5K a few weeks ago. 🙂

Jump rope + Netflix. I can completely zone out for 30 minutes and jump while watching “The Office”, “Gilmore Girls” or “Buffy” on Netflix – and I do so 5 days out of the week.

XHIT. XHIT is a YouTube exercise channel that has many different types of workouts. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), military boot camps, plyometrics, yoga – I LOVE it! I pick 3 videos to do every day.

HIIT. This month I am doing the 30-day HIIT Challenge from fitness instructor Neila Ray. She offers dozens of different workout charts on her site. Great for solo workouts.

Barre. Our friend back on Long Island has talked about how much she enjoys barre classes, so I looked for some here in the Triangle. I found a few Pure Barre locations and went to two classes this week. Nice to get away and completely focus on a workout.

How do you balance staying active with sitting at your writing desk?