Watching anime, reading manga, and blogging about these two are all very sedentary activities. Unless you’re one of those superhumans who do aerobics while watching anime, or lift barbells while reading manga, or even sweat it all out in a bootcamp while blogging; all the rest of us normal human beings can only do one activity at a time without losing focus.
I’m a naturally sedentary person, as most of my favourite activities are sedentary like reading, watching, writing, blogging, and relaxing. I also don’t like exercising. Period. I may enjoy it once in a while (what madness!), but overall I’d rather laze around and watch anime or read a good book while chomping on chocolate rather than sweat and torture myself working out in a gym. However, that’s not to say that I’m physically inactive. Living with a super health-conscious dad, he’ll literally drag me off my butt and force me to workout whenever I become too inactive. I can’t really argue with him about it because I’m aware of the merits of a healthy and fit lifestyle.
So why am I babbling about all these health and fitness shit? It’s because I think that both our emotional and physical health affect our habits and enjoyment in blogging. Of course I’m mostly talking about my personal experiences. However, do you think that you’re able to blog to the best of your abilities while downright depressed or too exhausted to even open your eyes? I don’t think so. Of course you CAN blog while depressed and exhausted, but I doubt that you’ll enjoy yourself in the process.
I believe that a healthy mind and body allows you to watch anime, read manga, and blog to your heart’s content without being held back by any health issues that you may have.
My 10 Healthy Advice to My Fellow Otaku Bloggers
1. Eat as healthy as you can, but it’s OK to indulge once in a while
You are what you eat, as they say. That’s why I look like a gorgeous chocolate parfait laced in peanut butter swirls with that sexy cherry on top. Just kidding! 😉 No, actually I look as adorable as that irresistible ball of Ferrero Rocher chocolate. What can I say? I love to indulge, and I’ll probably bite your head off when I’m deprived of my favourite food.
However, it’s also a fact that I prefer cooking my own food—gasp! Surprise surprise—so I can be 94.99% sure of what I’m shoving down my throat. My family and I are also like cows when it comes to the amount of greens we consume every week. We literally feel ill when we don’t eat any vegetables even for just a day.
2. Just move
Exercise enough. I do the bare minimum to maintain my weight and gradually increase my fitness level. I’ll only do more when my pride and competitiveness prompt me to accept those stupid fitness challenges. I’m also easily bored, so I try to do different things at a time. Right now I’m into Yoga, Zumba and bootcamp. Bootcamp’s a huge pain in the ass, but I got dared and I’m gonna show those motherf—, er, I mean those people that I can complete a stupid bootcamp program. I also did Tae Kwon-Do until 2 years ago when I severely injured my foot, and I was advised to stop as I now have a foot prone to injuries. I also jog once in a while but I find it boring, so I don’t like it that much.
3. Get enough sleep & rest
Stop checking your blog all the damn time or watching consecutive anime series 72 hours straight. Listen to relaxing music instead. Meditate (if you know how). Hug your pet. Make-out with your special someone. Or do whatever you need to do to just freaking rest, or better yet, sleep. Don’t worry. Your blog and anime won’t run away. They’ll still be there when you wake up.
4. Take care of your eyes
This is seriously important. I think that as otaku bloggers, our eyes are extremely prone to strains and fatigue. I have dry eyes, so staring at a screen for too long can get quite painful. I don’t want to depend on eye drops forever, so I try to rest my eyes whenever I need to. I was also advised by my doctor to do regular warm compresses to the eyes. So take care of your eyes. You only have one pair of them.
5. Take care of your hands
As otaku bloggers, you should treat yourself a writer. And as a writer, you use your hands to write. It doesn’t matter whether you write in longhand or type, you still use your hands. Unless you type with your toes or your tongue, you need to take care of those hands. Don’t skimp on the gloves during winter. I also go the extra mile by wearing gloves while doing household chores.
6. Take care of your back
Like I said, being an otaku blogger is mostly sedentary work. I bet you watch anime, read manga, play video games and blog while sitting or even lying down. These positions really affect your back and having back pains are no fun, believe me. Unless you can afford regular weekly massages, I suggest you buy an ergonomic chair or even just do something simple as grab a pillow and put it on your chair. Also do regular stretching.
7. Always have a glass/bottle of water near you
Here’s a (fun?) fact about me: I have a fear of running out of water. I always, always, ALWAYS bring a water bottle with me everywhere I go. I literally freak out when my bottle is empty and I have no way of refilling it. That’s why I silently curse airport security for making me throw my precious water whenever I fly. I don’t know exactly why I’m like this, but perhaps it’s connected to when I got hospitalized as a kid because of dehydration. Anyway, being properly hydrated means that you’re able to blog more efficiently without feeling discomforts such as thirst or lethargy.
8. Pee if you need to pee
Just go, okay? Don’t hold it in. It’s unhealthy. Your blog can wait, and you can pause that anime you’re watching. They’re not going anywhere.
9. Don’t be afraid to take a break from blogging
When I take a break, I just take a break. I don’t ask for anyone’s permission, and I sure as heck don’t apologize afterwards. Although I may be prompted to explain my absence when it’s noticed and commented upon. I don’t worry about losing readers or staying relevant during my absence. Besides, I’m confident with my existing archive to entertain readers long enough even without new posts for a while. If I force myself to blog when I’m burnt-out, I know that I’ll just end up resenting blogging and I don’t want that.
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10. Spend time with real people offline
l feel so thankful and blessed for having all of my amazing blog buddies. Here’s another shout-out to Friends of Fujinsei! Wohoo!!! Having online friends is awesome and fulfilling in its own way, but if all you have are online friends and no physical, breathing, flesh and blood offline ones, you might get lonely and damage your emotional health. How would you deal when (goodness forbid) there’s a sudden accident or natural disaster? No electricity, no internet. Who’s going to help you? Not your online friends.
You don’t have to be popular to have friends. Besides it’s better to have one true friend rather than 50 fake ones. Purge your Facebook. I know that they’re not ALL your friends. Spend time with real people in real life, and your brain will be flooded with happy hormones. 😀
Please don’t get the wrong idea about this post. I’m not criticizing anyone for being unhealthy. Goodness knows I’m not the healthiest person in the world and I’m not aiming to be one. I like to eat and I like to relax. However, I aim to be a consistent and productive blogger who blogs for a long time. And the only way I can do that is if I keep myself healthy and fit. Blogging takes energy, you know, and the healthier and fitter you are, the more energy you have.
What do you think? Do you agree with me? Did this post manage to motivate you to exercise?
—Nah. I’m having that bag of M&M’s. Screw bootcamp.
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