The (Un)Healthy Lives of Otaku Bloggers

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.

10. Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon)

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.

anime girls exercise in gym - workout

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.

tired and lazy anime girl

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.

typing fast-anime gif

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.

nami relaxing and sunbathing - one piece

Recommended Post:  I Regularly Take Breaks From Blogging And Why You Should, Too

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.

gon and killua best friends laughing - hunter x hunter

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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55 thoughts on “The (Un)Healthy Lives of Otaku Bloggers”

  1. I love both bodybuilding and anime. I easily find time for both unless binge watching episodes like when I binge watched the whole naruto shippuden series in a couple days lmao (skipped some i have already seen though).Good advice to those who want to focus more on anime and blogging but be healthy. Good work!

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    1. You’re welcome. Well, it’s not like I do all of these things all the time, except for the water thing. I literally panic whenever I don’t have access to any water source. As for the rest, well, I try to do them when I can but if I can’t, just try again. Anyway, good luck. Let’s all try to be as healthy as we can. . . .now where did I put my bag of M&M’s again?

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      1. Actually, when i’m in front of food or my laptop, i always seem to forget all the bad things i get from them. Haha, i don’t think i can easily change my ways but i’ll remember this post so i can slowly have a better and healthy lifestyle. 😀 I’m eating them now! Lol. I love chocolates. ❤

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  2. Sooo, potentially embarrassing admission here, but the opening/closing songs in anime can be very catchy and sometimes I get up and dance. :-S But seriously, I am not a very active person. My day job keeps me in front of the computer all day and that’s draining in it’s own way. Usually I get home and just lounge on the couch the rest of the night. However, the best cure I’ve found for writer’s block, or even just get the inspiration flowing, is to take a walk. It’s like the ideas are already there in your blood, you just have to get it moving up towards the brain again! 😛

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    1. I don’t think that’s embarrassing. We all dance around during OP&ED themes in anime. Those who don’t are weird. 😉

      Good idea. I also like taking a walk. It’s meditative in its own way. I prefer it over jogging and goodness forbid running. (shudders) I also consider doing household chores to be exercise, so maybe you can just plug the vacuum and vacuum away. . .and count it as an exercise well done. 😉

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    1. Ahahaha. Don’t worry about it too much. It’s not like I do all of these things 100% of the time. Sometimes I can’t be bothered, but like I said in the post, I live with a super health-conscious dad and I get scolded whenever I become too lazy when it comes to my health.

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  3. I love this! There is definitely nothing wrong with just setting the computer down for a while and going out to do something else. I have gotten some good post ideas when I was no where near my computer.

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    1. Exactly! I know what you mean. Sometimes we just get over-exposed to blog posts or stuff on the web that are mind becomes too crowded and we just find ourselves unable to string coherent thoughts and make into good blog posts. That’s why taking a break from blogging now and then can be beneficial when it comes to having fresh and interesting blog post ideas. High-five! Thanks for sharing that. Cheers!

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    1. Sounds like me, Pres. Sounds totally like me. Well, I live with my parents and my dad is so health-conscious that I find myself literally dragged and forced to exercise. As long as I don’t get too unhealthy, I just do the bare minimum to maintain my weight. . .but snuggling up under a blanket with a good book or an anime is really the best. Sigh.

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  4. I guess fitness is not a problem for me because I don’t blog so often and I am currently working as a security guard. That means lots of walking.

    When I was not working and doing my otaku thing (i.e. reading manga and watching anime) full-time, fitness was also not a problem. Because I also belong to a sub-group of otaku known as martial arts otaku. I don’t know about other martial arts otaku but I do martial arts for real ln Meat Space. Running, push-ups, sit-ups, weights, form training, shadow boxing and pad work. The works.

    On Fridays, back when I wasn’t working as a security guard, I would meet up with a friend to train at a park. It’s fun, since he’s also seen some anime and manga. So I can say things like, “This kind of punch would only work in an anime” and he would understand what I was talking about.

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    1. (shocked)
      . . . .sigh. Man, you’re extreme. You’re abnormal. Sounds like you enjoy working out and stuff. Can’t relate. You’re like my dad who keeps on telling me to stop whining whenever I work out, that’s why I don’t like working out with him but I can’t deny that I feel competitive whenever I join him on a work-out. I always end up being the loser, though. -___-

      Oh! Martial arts otaku! That’s so interesting! Do you do mixed martial arts or do you specialize in a single martial arts?

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      1. I do Jeet Kune Do, the system founded by Bruce Lee. But I am really interested in all forms of martial arts.

        I have never done MMA before because they tend to focus too much on ground fighting & grappling. I don’t believe in ground fighting because once a fight goes to the ground, out there in the streets, you are as good as dead.

        I tend to favor striking styles like Boxing, Krav Maga and of course, Jeet Kune Do.

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  5. You hit subjects I agree with. Being in a wheelchair I try exercising when possible. In fact, my nimrod nephew tells me I need ti exercise more, but with his kids climbing on my chair, like a junglegym, it’s hard to get time to workout. That said, I should work my sword form more. I “try” eating right. And yes, I so agree with getting enough sleep. 🙂

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    1. Oh! I didn’t know that you’re in a wheelchair. Forgive me if I’m being rude, but is it due to accident? Feel free to ignore my question. Anyway, at least you’re trying to be as healthy as you can. I totally understand the struggle. Oh well. Being healthy is a lot of work especially if we like doing unhealthy stuff, like lying around all the time and eating as much chocolates as we can shove down our throats. Sigh.

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      1. First, please don’t be afraid of asking me simething, if you wanna know something, feel free! 🙂 I was born with Cerebral Palsy, leaving me wheelchair bound, but I don’t let it stop me. Yeah, if I step out of my room to make tea or just run dishes to our sink, the kids are on my chair, hitting me or biting me, so I may just do my sword cutting techniques in the bedroom. My food vices are Chocolate and Dr Pepper! 😛

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      2. Wow. That’s one of the most amazing things I’ve heard this week. Thank you for sharing it. You’re very strong. And how many children do you have running around? Awww. . .no one could resist yummy chocolates.

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      3. My nephew has two and they have no rules set, which I disagree with.If I do have kids, rules will be enforced! You’re welcome! This might be unbelievable, but I trained in Hapkido and Akido in my teens. My offer stands, if you have a question, please ask. 🙂

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      4. Thank you. Yes, I also disagree with the no rules method of raising kids. Not that I have kids but my age gap with my siblings is huge so it feels like I’ve raised my siblings myself. Anyway, I gotta say wow. That’s awesome! Aikido? Cool! I don’t even what Hapkido is. Gotta search that up quickly.

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      5. If I have kids, I’ll model howI raise em after my dad. If we broke a rule, he’d warn us once, but if we went beyond that warning, he’d be strict. Think of Hapkido as Taekwondo, but with more joint locks an throws.

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  6. Hahaha I’m anti-exercise by nature. But my real job has me running around all the time and I take stairs when I have this option. Sure I should go to hot yoga more often but I’d rather be blogging.

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    1. Anti-exercise? Ahaha. That term made me laugh. Perhaps I should use that sometimes. Well, exercising can be such a hassle especially if you’d rather laze around like the rest of normal human beings. You go to hot yoga? Aw. I don’t envy you. I do yoga every week, but I can’t handle hot yoga. I faint, so room-temperature yoga for me (sounds uncool, I know). Anyway, thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate it. I’ll follow your blog via RSS. Cheers!

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  7. I think I just wrote a few days ago i don’t exercise and just don’t like it yet yesterday I was jumping while watching anime LOL

    really nice article and I know I have to do ALL of these things. When you mentioned water I grabbed my cup and drank some water 😉 It’s been a few weeks now that I’ve regularly been drinking a liter of water but just recently i lost my water bottle and I’m just really uncomfortable 😦 especially today since it’s been like 4 days since I last saw it :/

    Back problems SUCK lol

    One thing I feel like I really need to work on is my hands. Like, I paint and recently I’ve noticed that my hands have been dryer than normal and I should probably wear gloves while painting but…i kind of don’t want to XD I also should get gloves…but I did lose those other 4 pairs…HMMM

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    1. Why were you jumping while watching anime? XD Not that I should talk since I pump my fists and kick my feet whenever I’m excited over an anime scene, so maybe that’s why you jump too? Because of excitement? If not, well, you’re weird. . .(and that’s a compliment).

      Aaaaaw. Buy another water bottle. I have several water bottles and I match them with the colour of my clothes, but I mostly prefer those stainless steel ones because they tend to hold cold water a lot longer than the plastic ones. Glass bottles are heavy. -___-

      Yes, I only noticed that you paint, like, this month. I was surprised. And yes, I think that it’s important to take care of your hands. Sometimes I even wear gloves when I’m blogging because my hands and feet get cold faster than any part of my body.

      . . .and is it just me or you lose a lot of things?

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      1. LOL yeah I do lose a lot of things, I can’t help it! xD Luckily, I found my water, however, the time I was without it cost me @@ I wasn’t drinking enough water and I got some pains for a few days ;;

        Really?! Wow, so how many water bottles do you own? :0 I surprisingly own 2. I have an orange one but it’s not stainless steel, it’s like plastic I think. They’re pretty sturdy so I don’t have to worry about dropping it…constantly >< And I also have this red one that I lost a while back…I don’t really like it as much as I do the orange one. The orange one has this little strap that connects the cap to the neck of the bottle and I like to carry it around, the other is really bulky @@

        As for stainless steel bottles, they make the water taste kinda funny? And I’d be scared of carrying around a glass bottle! I’d probably kill it in the first day xD

        I was jumping because that’s the new condition of being able to watch anime in the living room. My mom recently bought this trampoline thing and she said that instead of watching anime while sitting, I can jump on the trampoline. It’s my mom’s way of making me do exercise 😛 Ah, the things I do for anime xD

        Haha, yeah, I try to paint but painting can be so tedious sometimes @@ maybe it’s because I use oil paint. I’ve noticed the coldness before! When I type in the kitchen, my wrists get really cold and I have to take a break >< and when I type a lot…well, let’s just say the next day it’s hard to pour coffee xP

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      2. Aaaaaw. Sorry, I can’t relate. I’m told I’m a bit too neat and organized, so I know where most of my things are. So when I lose something, I blame someone else because I KNOW that it’s not my fault. 😉

        Hmmm. I had a lot of water bottles, but my whole family uses them too (even when I already told them to buy their own!) so unfortunately some of them are lost now. (wipes tears) But fortunately, I still have enough to colour-coordinate, although recently I tend to use the stainless steel ones. Hmmmm. . .Maybe you should find a higher quality stainless steel water bottle that has this special coating inside. I forget what it’s called, but it retains that original taste of the water. Well, anyway, enough about my babble about water bottles. Now you know how serious I am about water and water bottles. 😉

        Aw, gosh. Your mom’s awesome. My dad’s trying to make me do yoga while I watch, but imagine doing the shoulder-stand while watching anime. . .no way. Anyway, did I mention your mom’s awesome?

        Wear gloves! I have gloves on right now while I’m typing this comment and a portable heater at my feet. They feel so cold!

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      1. Oh sadly not. All I am watching currently is dragonball super. Nearly all reading ceased when I moved to Germany as there has been just too much obligation to my family since we are are. So for now I hope to continue my old manga collection which I haven’t extended in the past 6-7 years

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  8. Other multitasking ideas:
    – Watch anime when standing up, especially after consuming lots of food.
    – When it gets to the exciting part in the story or your favourite-st, hottest character appears, pause the anime and then do as many crazy dances or as many star jumps because its just NOT possible to fangirl/boy WITHOUT actually moving or jumping and screaming in excitement. Now that’s productive exercise 😉

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  9. I hate exercising too i find it so pointless but i do enjoy dancing. 😀 it’s a great way stay active without having to drag yourself to do some cardio etc.

    The body release endorphin when we exercise thus making us feel happier. 😀

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