Good morning, Austen Authors World!
Today, I want to talk about physical fitness and Jane Austen’s World. We are very similar to the historical gentry in our modern lives because most of us sit. And sit. And sit some more! In fact, the more money someone had in Jane Austen’s time, the greater their girth was likely to be. Why? Because there was no physical labor involved in their day-to-day lives, they sat, and drank, and ate!
But most of our favorite characters in Jane Austen’s books are not described to be sedentary creatures. They are military men, women who walk and dance, and men who ride. 🙂 If you’re like me, you’re not fighting many wars on the Continent, you only dance in the English country style once a year (my first time ever was at AGM in October) and you have a severe lack of horses. Or rather, the only horses in your possession come in the form of horsepower in your car’s motor. LOL
So that leaves walking.
I am in the middle of a 10-week physical fitness challenge at my gym. And already, it looks like someone took an eraser to my sides. YIPPEE! But I’m not truly working out for appearances’ sake, though that’s a nice benefit, too. I am working out to become healthier. You name it, my family has it, so I am doing my best to not be a product of my genes in terms of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure and cholesterol. I love being able to run across a parking lot with my 6-year-old and not be out of breath. There are also other times where added stamina comes in handy, but I’ll let you think of some other places. 😉 . . . Like the grocery store where you can push the cart full of stuff with no effort. What, where were you thinking?
If you have a tablet or smart phone, you can even watch what you want to watch when you’re on the treadmill. This week, I watched the 2005 Pride and Prejudice while I was walking, channeling my inner Elizabeth Bennet.
Here are some fun distances for your own Jane Austen inspired walking program. (Source 1)
Walk to Meryton to buy some ribbons: 1 mile
Check on your sister at Netherfield: 3 miles
From Emma Highbury to Box Hill (7 miles), to Richmond (9 miles), to London (16 miles).
Sense and Sensibility’s Exeter to Horniton route : 16 miles (bike probably best, and it won’t cost you 5 guineas!)
BONUS: On a bike, or walking, try to log 50 miles of good road! (Multiple trips, please, you must stop and rest your horses, err legs. So try for 8 miles, then sleep at your inn.)
This past Wednesday, I checked on my sister at Netherfield, but I cheated and took a modern bike. 🙂
So get out there and MOVE! Jane Austen would heartily approve!
WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR PHYSICAL FITNESS GOALS! SHARE THEM BELOW OR GIVE YOUR FAVORITE “AUSTEN DISTANCE” TO TRAVEL!