I am extremely fond of wandering around. I walk about 100 miles a month and get most of my exercise that way. I see interesting things, do people watching and, occasionally, get rained on.

I also understand that walking isn’t enough for me when it comes to exercising. It’s pretty good (and many studies think it is the best form of exercising) but it’s not perfect. I don’t run, won’t go to a gym, and greatly dislike the stationary bicycle I have back in the States (though in a pinch, it works). So what is a writer to do?

Well, since the beginning of this year, I have done (sporadically) pilates and yoga. I have a mat and YouTube, so I can do both of those at home with no other people to bother with. Perfect!

Now, though, I have re-discovered Tai chi qigong. I used to do krav maga as my main cardio/strength exercise. That was great, because the people were great. Here in Edinburgh, I didn’t find a studio that I really fit in with. I’ve done tai chi in the past as a gentler form of self-defence and meditation and really, really enjoyed it. So when I did a session from a YouTube video, I fell in love again.

I am trying to be more mindful about my body. This includes diet, things like the tea I drink, using a standing desk, drinking enough water, and making sure I exercise more. But I think I’m going to start doing a daily Qigong exercise and meditation session in the mornings to meditate and get my body ready for the day. So far, I’ve only done two straight days, but it does make me feel a lot better.

Onwards, then, to do a Qigong session!

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