Bookworms Also Need to Stretch a Little

fitness-956645_1280We must confess that most of us here are bookworms. We read at every opportunity we can get, even sneaking in a few pages here and there at our office desk or at the dinner table.

Because we are so engrossed in what we are reading, we can’t help ourselves and everything else goes to pot.

We’ve let the pot or kettle boil over on the stove on more than one occasion because the page we were busy with caused us to forget. Many of us have also forgotten how quickly time flies after spending two or more absorbing hours with our beloved book and our feet curled up on our favorite settee.

A noble pursuit

While we are so busy getting our three or four-time daily fix, something else also goes to the dogs. Our bodies. Those few hours spent reading, having already cut into our work schedule and housework routine, has left us with no time to get out and exercise. It’s a bit of a conundrum, because if you are an avid reader, you’ll be able to relate. People who love reading say that it helps them to relax. It de-stresses the mind.

But because it barely gets to move about, the body becomes quite stiff. As a regular reader, you know that feeling when you finally clap the book shut and stretch those limbs as far as possible. You are, oh so, stiff, but thankfully not sore. Before continuing any further about why bookworms need to shut the covers every once in a while and give their bodies some time out, we’d just like to remind you that there is absolutely no shame in being a bookworm. In fact, it’s a noble and commendable quality to have.

Carrying the tome

At this point we don’t need to explain why this is so. You already know. Now, where exercise is concerned, you don’t need to pack it all out on a heavy-handed punching bag. Where reading is concerned, your intellect knows no limits. But be reminded that no matter what age you are or what size waist you wear, your body has limits. So, go gently into the night (or morning or afternoon, whichever time works best for you).

Let’s just say that you register with the local gym. You’ll soon see that there are kindred spirits among the sweaty throng, pedaling furiously on their stationary bicycles with a book folded open in front of them. If you really must read while taking a gentle or brisk walk through your favorite park, by all means, pack your book under your arm. But be warned, you may just meet the love of your life. Whoever passes you by along the pathway may just be carrying a heavy tome too.

It was also written somewhere that opposites attract. But don’t mind that. What better way can there be to meet someone who has the same interests in life that you do by joining a book club or attending a book launch. When you do that, leave the car behind.