Admittedly, I’m a pretty sedentary guy. I spent my career in an office. And a writer spends hour after hour at a keyboard or researching or reading. So here’s what I do when I’m in full-body motion. And remember, “favorite” here is all relative.
- Swimming a half-mile a day, usually in Dover’s indoor pool.
- Hiking and walking.
- Cross-country skiing.
- Folk dancing. New England contras and squares, Greek, and English country, especially.
- Singing in a choir. I’ve mentioned the Revels Singers how many times now?
- Stacking firewood … there’s an art to keeping it from collapsing.
- Shoveling snow … just don’t tell anyone it can be pleasurable in short doses.
- Mowing the lawn … love my battery-powered Ryobi.
- Collecting seaweed for the garden … yes, it’s a pain, as well. Some things are mixed blessings.
- Pushing a wheelbarrow. Usually, there’s an additional chore involved, like trimming the hedges or moving compost.
I hope to get bicycling back on the list. I loved it as a kid.
What keeps you in shape? More or less?
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