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As a writer I spend a lot of time on my rear, an unfortunate necessity if I want to finish a manuscript. Said rear does have to get into motion on a pretty regular basis to help keep my head clear, prevent burn-out, and justify the copious amounts of chocolate and red wine that La Muse requires to keep going. (So high-maintenance. . ..)

While there are a lot of options for exercise, I happen to really love CrossFit. There are a ton of CrossFit bloggers out there, so I won’t go into great detail, but here’s a fascinating article on the neuroscience around CrossFit:
http://www.salon.com/2014/07/13/crossfit_neuroscience_surviving_the_zombie_apocalypse_is_your_workout_a_fraud

Simply put, it’s all about functional fitness, concentrating on movements that we use every day: bending, pushing, carrying, pulling, squatting, lifting, etc. We go faster, harder, and with heavier weights, every time we show up at the box (gym). And each PR is celebrated by fellow CrossFitters.

And while CrossFit isn’t for everyone, it works for me. Why? Because once I start the WOD (workout of the day), my entire focus is on finishing it. Nothing else matters but the next box jump . . . the next 200 meter run . . . the next set of wall balls. My mind is utterly occupied with keeping correct form when I lift a 115 lb. weight, or when I flip a tire, or even when I run. I concentrate on each movement, and if I don’t, I run the risk of hurting myself.

Me after a particularly brutal WOD:20140627_182357

Yep, you guessed it. That’s my outline. In sweat. (Kinda gross, huh?)

But that’s okay. It justified the two scoops of ice cream I had that night. 🙂

How do you stay fit?

~Melia

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