A recent advice column, "Ask a Poet: Break a Sweat," by Kristen Hoggatt at The Smart Set, provides an answer to this question:
I’ve never been much of an exerciser but I’m trying shed some of my winter weight for the summer. I hate gyms with a passion. Could you please make me up a workout routine that doesn't involve going to the gym, preferably involving poetry?You'll find some Amelia Bedelia type poetry exercises. And, you'll also be treated to a poem by Lucille Clifton titled "homage to my hips."
If you have more time to kill, there's lots of poetry advice in past "Ask a Poet" columns.
Speaking of exercise, visit The Poetry Resource Page for more traditional poetry exercises for toning up your creative muscles. Here's one more--use the photo above, taken around 1899, as a prompt.
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