Writing exercises our minds but doesn't offer much in the way of bodily activity, does it? Sure, ideas pop up when we're not sitting at the computer. Who hasn't come up with an idea while in the shower or when running errands? The actual writing part, however, usually has us parked at the keyboard.
Moving is essential for good circulation. Even short bursts of activity get the blood flowing, which provides a double bonus - for mind and body. We think and feel better, and have more to offer our loved ones.
What can we do to balance the sedentary aspect of writing?
- Get ample rest. This is a given, but how many of us ignore this basic advice? I do, and need to take note.
- Eat right. Yup, another given, but when we neglect a proper diet, it catches up with us. You are what you eat. Yes, indeed.
- Exercise. Given #3! From hitting the gym, to walking or running, to the exercise DVD, light weights, and more, there are a myriad of options from which to choose.
- Maintain a "motion mindset". Recognize that in order to achieve our best writing results, regular activity helps keep us healthy and alert.
How can we stay loose and relieve tension when we sit and write?
- Take regular breaks. Even a trip to the laundry room or mailbox can stretch muscles and get the blood moving. Take a brief walk around the house or yard, march in place, or scale the stairs a few times.
- Stand up. I read an article recently about how standing (versus sitting) is better for optimum circulation. Consider getting one of those standing desks, or take your laptop or note pad and pen, set it on the kitchen counter, and work there for a change. Stand, or better yet, pace back and forth, when you're on the phone.
- Keep moving, even when sitting. Pause when writing to change position, wave or rotate arms, scrunch shoulders up and down, or turn head from left to right. Or invest in the exercise equipment pictured above. :)
- Be your own masseuse/masseur. Massage your scalp, forehead, or temples, neck, and/or shoulders, using gentle pressure or kneading in a circular motion to relieve tension and increase blood flow.
- Stay hydrated. Did you know that dehydration can cause headaches? Keeping a healthy beverage handy, whether writing or not, is an easy preventative measure.
Whether exercising our bodies or minds, it doesn't take much to make a big difference.
Congratulations to Susie Dietze, the winner of last week's book giveaway, Bundle of Joy, by Annie Jones! Thanks to everyone who stopped by!
A Special Event
I invite you to stop by Thursday, April 4 for a special post for Susan J. Reinhardt's blog tour for The Moses Conspiracy. It should be fun; Susan will share a little about her journey to publication.
How is your "motion mindset"? What steps do you take to be an active writer?
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