Last week I spent a lot of time hunting through the genealogy files while the Mister was away fishing with the guys. We do spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or a reader, so you can imagine it takes some work to stay fit as a genealogist. How easy is it to sit at your desk and think that you are hungry and need something to nibble on. Or that you can’t go for a walk because you have “just one more” record to look at.
I don’t know about you but one thing that I do; is yoga three times a week. It’s great for stretching those muscles so that you’ll be able to bend down to read that inscription on a tombstone or to get that book on the bottom shelf in the library.
Going for a daily walk, even if it’s only for 20 minutes, sometimes is a great way to refresh yourself and your mind. Who knows; that may be when you think of something you’ve never thought of before and you have new inspiration for your research.
Finally, I know how caught up you can get in your research and the next thing you know you realize you haven’t eaten for a while and now your famished. Take a moment to have a drink of water before you dive in the refrigerator so that you aren’t quite so hungry and then you’ll have time to plan something healthy to eat rather than that quick fix. Or if your to hungry to wait; then be sure to keep a supply of healthy quick fix meals so your armed and ready.
Genealogy does keep you in you seat quite often but we have to work to keep our bodies and minds fit so we can work on that next brick wall.