On the importance of physical exertion

May 18th, 2011 by Kawika Heftel

I have a sedentary job. TWO sedentary jobs, actually – I am either sitting on my butt writing computer code, or sitting on my butt recording and mixing audio. When I go home, I play video games or surf the Internet. I’m always staring at a screen of some kind.

I’ve gained a bit of weight as a result, since my metabolism is not as young as it used to be. Lately I’ve been trying to be more active – working with my hands is never something I’ve felt any good at, seeing as my family growing up was decidedly white-collar. Fix something? I’m the LAST guy you should call, or so I thought.

All of this has led to a somewhat startling realization – any day where I get to use power tools is a good day.

Lately I’ve been doing a bunch of remodeling at my recording studio, and it has been SO empowering to do as much of the work myself as possible. I now own a drill, a level, a few saws, and I make as much use of them as possible.

It’s SUCH a good feeling to look at something physical – a new wall, some shelves, a paint job, or whatever – and say “I did that!” It takes away from my frustration, my depression, my cabin fever – and it gives me vigor, energy, self-esteem, and life!

And that is never a bad thing.

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