Exercise or Quilt? Open Line Friday

Walking, PhotographyGood Morning, Quilters!

For several months, I’ve been thinking of writing about this weighty topic…the dilemma we all face every time we have a few spare minutes…Exercise or Quilt?  Quilt or Exercise?

So a few weeks ago, when several of you had a conversation about health and exercise in the comment section, my percolating plan came to a full boil.

For nearly twenty years, I worked as a physical therapist and saw first hand the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

While there’s a lot of evidence that quilters (and others with hobbies) are generally happier...

We want to live long enough and be healthy enough to finish all of our UFOs!

The best way to do that is to push away from our computers and our sewing machines and Move More!

My Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

Next week, we’ll start an initiative to help each other maintain a reasonable quilt/exercise balance.  There will be challenges, contests (with prizes-of course) and more.

For now, I would love to hear your thoughts…

Do YOU spend too much time sitting (quilting, blogging, photo-processing, like me?)

Are YOU up for a new challenge?

Are YOU ready to move more?

And of course, every social media campaign needs a “hashtag”.  Let’s brainstorm ideas…I’d LOVE more suggestions!

#theinboxjaunts  #stepandstitch  #quiltfit

Walking, PhotographyOne more thing…over the weekend, think about YOUR personal fitness goals and how you could move just a little more

I’m really excited and I hope YOU will join me!



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155 thoughts on “Exercise or Quilt? Open Line Friday

  1. Now that the days are longer and the sun is up earlier, the first thing I do most mornings is 3 laps around the neighborhood with my dog…. about 4.5 miles. If I don’t do it then.. before I get into customer work or my own quilting project… I find I don’t do it. With the sun staying out longer at night, I *might* sneak in another lap or two if it isn’t too hot late in the day

  2. It is easy to lose track of time while I am quilting. I use a kitchen timer set for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off I get up and move, 5 laps around the living room and stretches for my shoulders, back, and legs. It keeps my metabolize up.

  3. Love the #losethosefatquarters!
    I am so glad that this topic has been raised. I, too, sit all day at work, and then come home to sit with my first-love, quilting! I’m not a morning person, so that doesn’t work, and after a stressful day at work, quilting lowers the stress levels. But, I have started exercising more as I’m 4 months post-total hip replacement. Physio has been going great and I’ve joined the ‘Y’, so I’ve moved my body more in the past 4 months than probably the previous year! Now I need to find a way to avoid the vacuum that sucks me into my sewing room as I walk by, and just keep on walking! Seriously though, I’m looking forward to the inspiration/ideas that will be shared here–thanks, Lori. I hope that there will be some hand/arm stretches for those of us who do a lot of hand work, too.

  4. This is a great idea! I have been focusing on exercise this year and have a fairly good routine going. It is best if I do it early in the morning before anything else crowds it out. One thing I do when I am quilting is to arrange my fabrics, ironing and piecing so that I am moving from one part of the apartment to another. It’s not the most efficient approach, but it keeps me moving!

  5. As I have an in-home childcare business getting out during the day to workout is not an option.. I get up 4 mornings a week at 430am and swim with the u.s.masters swimming and do a spinning class.. my quilting time happens during nap time! Working out in the morning gives me energy to face my day!

  6. This sounds like a great idea! I struggle ALL THE TIME with the decision: quilting vs exercise vs cleaning vs gardening vs etc. My studio has the strongest pull 😉

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  8. For Dorothy Matheson… Hang in, As you know this too shall pass..Patience is the hardest part. Now is great time for dreaming new projects. My husband and I have had some of the problems you mention. He loves to say this is not what he envisioned for retirement. LOL..prayers….

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