So Tuesday's random ramble about routines and running water (all hail alliteration) has continued to dance idly in my head throughout the intervening days. It's one of the prime tenets of my writing that people are people and don't change much, though their surroundings and situations, and the expectations others have of them, do.
So, people being people, inhabitants of manors and villages in the 1780s would have their routines, as would palace-dwellers on a far planet or a clan inhabiting a starship. (You see what I did there.) But one thing that has changed, and is quite different between my two groups of settings, is the amount of physical activity needed.
Part of this train of thought was sparked by taking my company's health assessment. It told me that I am at high risk of emotional health issues and recommended that I exercise more. While I know that exercise does have mental/emotional benefits, my problem is that I'm feeling time-crunched, so adding another activity to my day...
But before I could go into one of my famous Anne Downward Spirals (patent pending, not that anybody else wants it), I was diverted by the realization that even fifty to seventy-five years ago, let alone a couple hundred, exercise wasn't anything that most people really had to worry about. Their lives provided quite a lot of it by default.
What's happened since then? Well, a lot of inventions have become fairly commonplace, even necessary to life as we know it (in the US, which is where I'm from so what I'll be talking about -- feel free to chime in with your own experience if you like). Cars and computers are the big ones I'm thinking of, as exercise killers.
Cars are pretty obvious. When we have a way to go from Point A to Point B that is fast, easy, comfortable, completely under our own control, and allows us to carry a whole lot of stuff without tiring ourselves out in the process, it's just human nature that we're going to use it, and use it a lot. Or that could just be me. Thoughts?
Computers are also pretty clear, but even more far-reaching than I think a lot of people realize. Before computers, office work required a lot more moving around. Different areas had to be used for different things, like typing, copying, filing, mailing. Nowadays, most if not all of that is going to be on a worker's computer.
The other impact of computers is really an impact of the Internet. A great many of my readers feel uncomfortable being out in public, and prefer to do the majority of their social interaction in private, online. Once upon a time, that wasn't an option. People had to get out and do things if they didn't want to be hermits their whole lives.
Of course, some of us (we know who we are) might prefer the hermitage option, maybe with the occasional scheduled meet-up with those who think similarly. But sadly, that's not yet a possibility... though it may become one by default, if telecommuting becomes more widely accepted due to constantly rising gas prices!
So, having rambled for quite a while, I shall leave it to you, O readers. What do you do, or not do, to get your exercise? What is part of your daily routine that maybe shouldn't be, or what's there that you wish you had the time or motivation to expand? And am I ever going to get back to blogging about writing? We shall see... thanks!