Toothless On the Prowl
For years, I’ve had an all out battle with the thought of nerds and their arch nemesis: “Exercise”. Now, don’t get it twisted, this same rule applies to “geeks”, “artisians”, “fine arts performers” and the many other idioms for creative folks. But why is acceptable that ‘nerds’ not like to exercise, and why do we accept this assertion and put it to practice?
While many may find this stereotypically correct, I couldn’t help but ask myself why? What are the reasons we are not seen exercising in some form, but instead are known for activities that are seen as immobile, and inactive.
I am no Saint.
I have the same problem, and it hits home that I am not as active, because I believe the phrase wholeheartedly that ‘nerds don’t like to sweat’. Even my mother will tell you, that the funniest story she had of me as a child was the day she knew I wouldn’t be into sports. She likes to say it was during my first basketball game when I didn’t run with the rest of the team when they went to the opposing team’s hoop. I just stood at my home hoop. When they tried to call me over to the other side, I said no because they would come back. Sure enough they did, but it didn’t stop the critique that my lack of interest in exercise was due to my creative abilities.
But now I longer have the luxury to think that way, as a cosplayer, singer, and news anchor; I am in a position where the way you ‘look’ is vital to how well your business does. This may be superficial, but sorry everyone, this is the real world. We are not at the point in time where light-haired, skinny women from the clan of toothpicks are not coveted as a desirable person to be. It is quite the opposite. From time to time, I critique myself and my body because I don’t look like the crazy hot actors that play my favorite characters on different shows or films. Even Sofia Vergara is skinner than me and she is an American Hispanic icon.
So I wrack my brain, pinch my body to see where the imperfections are, but I do nothing to change my situation. I think of the word ‘exercise’ and it sends a rush of denial that it’s needed towards it. Instead, I think of ways to limit my food intake. Of course, that is a big bust ‘cause I don’t even eat a lot of fast food. Sadly, as of late with my new job that has happened many times as of late, which I’m sure has happened to many of you. But I’m not one of those people that like to monitor every piece of food that enters and exits my mouth. Healthy Eat. Not Healthy = Eat Less of. That is my system, and it hasn’t steered me wrong.
I want to break this mentality that I can’t exercise, and that it isn’t possible for me to feel the same great endorphins and adrenaline that exercise can give. Just because it may make me sweat shouldn’t make me feel the need to run from exercise’s view. A part of me wants to be healthy, but another part of me wants to do it to show it can be done for us video game playing, art drawing/painting, costume making, book reading wonders of the Universe. They say it takes thirty days to make something a habit. So, why not try breaking a sweat, and learning to like exercise. For the next Thirty Days: I will chronicle a way to use my nerdy habits to enthuse me to exercise (all with visuals). Send me some ideas, and you may see your nerdy exercise method on my challenge.
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