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Bloggercise! Come on now, let’s go!

Bloggercise is FUNercise!

This is written almost entirely in the style of Richard Simmons.  It is not suggested for people with pre-existing heart conditions.  Well, the exercises are– but the exclamation marks are not.

READY!?
Here we go!

Just because you’re blogging doesn’t mean you can’t be losing weight and getting fit!  You’re on top of your game! You get things done! Let’s cross one more item off that list!

Let’s prepare for a bright, beautiful 2013 and start early enough to form those super habits!

First,we fidget!

That’s right, wiggle around the way your 3rd grade teacher told you not to.  Tap your foot! Move your pencil!  You’re not comfortable, are you comfortable? No! Say it with me now– No! You’re not going to be comfortable till you’re prepared for the new years!

Don’t stop, don’t stop! Why?! Wiggling, fidgeting, shifting burns pounds and pounds worth of calories of year, even if it’s just foot tapping!  The kind of fidgeting you’re doing is even better! You’re getting better! You’re gonna be the best!

You can do it!

Next, we Stretch!

Put your arms up and reeeeach for the stars! Let’s go! Hold it, hold it, hold it, and grab for a star– grab for one, darlin’, they’re all here for you!!!  Has ten seconds passed already?! Okay, you bring ’em down!

You’re still fidgeting right? The wiggles never stop!!!  And next time, the stretch will happen with your eyes closed! You’re far more likely to catch a star that way!

And Breathe!

Are you breathing?!   You should be breathing.  Take a pause. One hand from the keyboard and on your stomach!    Breath in, your tummy goes out! Breathe out, your tummy goes in!  Three times, three times! Did you do it? Of courrrse you did, you’re fabulous!!!

We just shook up our metabolism, beat up a few unwanted calories, treated our muscles to a Scooby treat, and made ourselves at least twice as super as we were a moment before!!!

It’s so true! You’re super!

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But seriously, kids.  Here are some tips for safe, and healthy blogging:

  • Fidgeting really does help you burn calories.  So if you must read blogs for hours, and you must, at least tap your foot, play with your hair, and shift in your seat.  According to a study at the Mayo Clinic, you can burn up to 350 more calories a day with regular wiggling.
  • A couple seconds of stretching (as often as possible, and any chance you get) will make it easier for you sit at your desk and write delicious blogs– oh, and to live for the rest of your life.
  • Blink.  Or better yet, give your eyes regular breaks that last at least 15 seconds.
  • Breathe correctly, and pay attention to the breathing you’re doing.  It’s easy to sort of suspend breathing while reading, and that’s not good for you.  Scientists are always going on about how important air is.
  • Move the snacks from within reach of your table.  If you must snack through blogging, you should make yourself work for it.
  • Keep the snacks and drinks you consume while blogging to healthy ones, like water or almonds.

Stay tuned for Bloggyoga!

(Thanks to ArnoldtheArmadillo for the proofread. You COULD tap your food, but I don’t think that’d burn quite so many calories. 🙂 )

53 comments

        1. Ha! It does sound more fun… and I guess it would technically count as wiggling so long as you do it while you blog. 🙂 Okay, that settles it– tapping food also counts. 😀

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          1. It certainly creates an interesting thought image, a spoon seems the most likely tapping tool to me..

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            1. I imagined a knife with peas on it. 🙂 Like that kids poem… “I eat my peas with honey
              I’ve done it all my life, It may sound kinda funny, But it keeps them on the knife”

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    1. I know! I’m a fidgeter, too, but there’s also sorts of science that backs the calories loss that goes with it, as well as all the way it counteracts “sitting too much”. I guess teachers aren’t always right! 🙂

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  1. I love this post! You have just described my blogging session.
    Fidget: check; I am a chronic fidgeter – I shift positions twice a minute, I tap my feet until they are dizzy and I go through packets of almonds like they were popcorn buckets.
    Stretch: check; I yawn and and reach for the stars quite often, especially since I blog early in the morning or very late at night when my body is yearning for a bed.
    Breath; does sighing constantly and desperately when the words refuse to come count? In that case: check!

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    1. haha, I think that counts! 🙂 Sounds like you’re doing great! I hope this helps other people remember that just because you’re sitting doesn’t mean you have to be inactive. 🙂

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  2. this post brightened my day! Thanks! I will have to remember to blink, I keep forgetting. I fidget all the time too, so I’m ok there. Ok, here I go! stretch! fidget! stretch! tap foot! whew, that wore me out! 🙂

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  3. I used to have some blue striped ‘dolphin’ shorts like RS in High School! Some how we were able to wear them! They barely covered my butt! lol!

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    1. I know what you mean! So many outfits were banned, but so many others slid by despite the fact that they were more inappropriate than some of the stuff on the list. 🙂

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  4. I totally read that first part with the voice of Richard Simmons in my head! Great post. Good reminders for me,. I just read another post about good posture and smiling effecting serotonin and cortisol levels (http://dhamamitra.org/2012/11/24/%f0%9f%98-smiles-%84%f0%9f%98-are-contagious%84%f0%9f%98/). A little exercise thrown in with smiles and sitting right, and maybe all my blog reading and writing won’t leave me so zonked afterward!

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    1. Thanks for the link, I love it! “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” is one of my favorite quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh. Here’s to not being zonked! 🙂

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  5. Hahah…. I’m still tapping… Can’t stop…Argggh; 😉
    That was wonderful. I feel the endorphins running around my body, and I feel great..!
    Seriously, this is such a good reminder. We can (I can) so easily spend hours without movement (except fingers tapping the keyboard). A great post….! 🙂

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  6. I’d always been a wriggler, wiggler and can’t sit still for 2 minutes type until I discovered blogging. Now I’m going to follow all your tips for dsafe blogging and a healthy lifestyle. Thanks Rarasaur!

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    1. My hubby does that, too. I walk by the computer and say “breeeathe.” because he’s so busy staring at something I swear he just stops, haha! 🙂 Thanks for stoppin’ by, KZ. 😀

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  7. I know I “liked” this earlier…but I forgot to return with my bloggercize move – counter push-up/pilates with counter whilst waiting for Keurig. I can do 15 reps if I just do straight pushups….or 5 if I go very slowly and breath in……going up….breath out going back down. Even do back stretches now first to start…standing at the counter 3 feet away and lean forward at 45 degree angle…….stretches out my shoulders and upper back after hanging over a keyboard. AND its working…good for the abs and its strengthening my back…and whole upper body. Great post BTW……I tell ya….you have one creative mind 😉

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    1. You need to write a blog post on your counter push ups, ha! 😀 I’ll totally add it to my health tips for caffeine-n-technology addicts. 😉 Thank you!!

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  8. How can I not feel ‘super’ while looking at that photo and caption of Richard Simmons?! I do try to fidget all the the time when I write/read blogs. Blinking my eyes, though? I forget sometimes. Good suggestion on the water and almonds. So, you’re telling me beer and cheese doodles are a ‘no’?

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    1. Haha, wait, she was doing the dance video in computer class? We had an “Emergency Assembly” called once when I was in 2nd grade or somesuch, and it was just for us to spontaneously exercise to Richard Simmons. It’s weird to think how many people around the world have a bizarre memory linked to RS in some way or another. 😀

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