Exercise & The Writer

Friday, September 28, 2012



I’ve been bogged down trying to get my Triberr feed to work (grrrr) so haven’t got around to doing my Healthy Writers Club post. The Healthy Writers Club was started by Shallee McArthur and the concept is simple - mix in some healthy stuff with the writing you do and post your progress at the end of each week. Feel free to add yourself to the list if you need motivation to get started. 

Writers spend a LOT of time at the keyboard and let me tell you, the stats on what sustained sitting does to the body are frightening. So, do yourself a favour and get some exercise! 

Didn’t get a whole lot done this week, but I was good for three half-hour sessions and I plan to get some body moves in this weekend. 

What about you? Plan to do anything to get the heart pumping other than watching action/adventure movies?

27 comments:

  1. I totally agree. It is so important for writers to integrate some kind of physical activity. It's not only healthy but it can also clear your mind if you're going through a tough spot. I finally got over a leg injury and am back to running 3 times a week. I treasure my time alone during my runs. (:

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    1. Wish I could get as much activity in as you, Elise, but I'm a sluggard. I'm trying to get some exercise though before I spread any further.

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  2. Sorry about your Triberr woes. Hope they straighten it out for you soon. That site is glitchy.

    I find regular workouts help my writing. I try to get in 3 50 minutes workouts a week, and then do something outdoorsy on the weekends. Will be scampering up a mountaintop tonight and tomorrow night and standing around in the cold for hours.

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    1. Hey, Mary,
      I hope my feed gets fixed quickly too.
      Gonna try and keep up with the physical side of things.

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  3. Hi Joy.Well, yeah, when I meet with a group of writers, chances are most will be overweight and we know how easy that can be. Exercise helps the brain in great ways, so we can't afford to miss this important part of our lives.

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    1. So true, Denise. Since my back issued flared up a few weeks ago, I've been better about getting up every fifteen minutes and walking around.

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  4. I exercise every morning except Sunday! It's still important to get up, stretch, and move around every hour or so; some experts suggest every 15 minutes, but that seems a bit silly considering how fast a quarter of an hour flies by. Exercise is also so so good for the brain. We writers need to keep our minds healthy, too!

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    1. Wish I was as disciplined as you, Laura. I need to do a whole lot more. I've had to move to 15 minutes with my back issues. It does feel like I'm getting up as soon as I sit down, but considering the agony I went through, I do it as often as I remember.

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  5. Walking 25 miles a week did not stop my heart attack, but I'd rather die while being active than sitting on my ass. My husband is so over protective now he won't let me do anything physical except walking, and only when he's around. Everything I do, and that means housework and laundry, I have to do when he's at work. It's sweet, but like I said above -- being active is better than rotting in a chair, unless it writing in a chair. :)
    Just learned of this group -- hope to gain some inspiration to begin a yoga program. Although, I hate that downward facing dog!

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    1. Now that's a positive outlook and if nothing else, exercise makes us look so much better. I understand why your hubby would be protective. My physiotherapist swears by lotsa stretching, so I guess Yoga is all that.

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  6. 3 half-hours sessions is great! And the week's not over. Good job, Joy. I did one 5-mile hike and that's it. There's always next week. See you then:)

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    1. It's cold and rainy today. Let's see what happens.

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  7. I sometimes stand when I type just to get my behind from the chair.

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  8. I'm not exercising. Really need to get to that. Nice that you're taking initiative.

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    1. I'm at the age where my metabolism isn't as high as it used to be. Gotta help things along.

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  9. I walk at least 4 miles a day, then throw in some cycling and jogging. And I garden as much as possible. If I don't exercise, I genuinely miss it and feel a difference in my mood and energy levels. Well done for joining this writers fitness club - I think that's an amazing idea. A great way to motivate self and others.

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    1. Serendipity,
      Accountability does wonders to keep me on track. If I have to report to others, then I actually have to do something. :)

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  10. a couple of small workouts, yoga class and a massage.

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    1. Hi, Daryl,
      I like massages. They do wonders for me.

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  11. I've been doing a lot of housework, but I'd like to get into a true routine like I had a year ago.

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    1. Yeah, I much prefer to be doing something I can readily identify as exclusive get-fit activity.

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  12. Hello Joy!

    My daughter has got me hooked on Zumba and I find it fun!

    Haven't seen what Triberr is all about so far.

    All the best!

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    1. Hmmm, gotta check that out.
      Triberr is excellent for expanding your network and reach on Twitter.

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  13. 3 x 30 minutes is awesome! keep up the good work!

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  14. I try to run 2-3 times a week, and I also really like walking. I feel so much better and more energized when I've been moving! Great reminder! :)

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  15. Thanks, Tara and Dawn. Trying to keep moving this week.

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