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The Importance of Exercise

Good Morning Friends of Afro Triangle! I decided to take the weekend off and waited until today to post. I think I’ll stick to this trend. On the weekends, I generally prefer to sleep in, so posting first thing in the morning sometimes interferes with my other plans for the day.

In any case, I want to talk to you about exercise. I know, this seems a strange subject for an artist. Don’t you just sit around and paint all day, I hear you asking? Yes. And that’s kind of the point. The human body was meant to move. Our muscles don’t like to be sedentary. ¬†Sitting and painting, or sitting on the computer all day without getting up are bad for the body. Such inactivity causes the body to have bad habits which result in injury when you finally do move.

Last week was insane for me. I moved from my studio in Boulder to my studio in Denver, hosted a panel discussion on Wednesday, spoke in a panel on Thursday and sold art at a Poetry Night on Friday. I was actually still moving studios all the way through Friday, then unpacking Saturday and Sunday. It was a lot of physical and mental work. Without regular exercise, I would be wrecked right now!

These days I do Capoeira two-three times a week, and that’s enough for me. Some of you might need more exercise, some of you less. You have to listen to your own body. And keep in mind, I’m not advocating weight loss or “getting in shape”. I just mean body maintenance. Get your heart rate up, get flexible, get moving. I have two panel discussions this week, one on Wednesday and one on Friday. You bet I’m going to get enough sleep and get some exercise!