Writing is a sedentary occupation. For good health, we need to move around. So how to balance writing and exercise. Good cardio workouts can take it out of you but your heart will thank you for the workout. Exercises is good for more than your body. It can help you with your stories. Yes, I said it can help you with your stories. If you want to portray your characters as realistically as possible, you should include parts of their daily life. Their routine. Exercise is an excellent way to do that. Have your characters exercise. To portray exercise accurately, you should do the exercise yourself. It’s good for you and it’s good for your story — a win-win situation.
Exercise is essential for good health. You need a healthy heart. Exercise will give you a healthy heart as well as strong muscles and clarity of mind. Yes, clarity of mind. When you exercise, you tone your body. While you are exercising, you can meditate on the problems in your writing. You can come up with thoughts on how to get your characters into and out of trouble. That’s one way. The other way is that exercise can improve your blood flow. Increased blood flow to all parts of you body, including your brain. That’s where the true benefit comes in.
Writing is sedentary, as I said in the beginning. It also can lead to flabby muscles and heart disease. That can be detrimental to your writing. If you don’t feel good, you won’t write well. It’s as simple as that. If you want to write well, you need to take care of yourself. Do that and you will be much better off than if you let yourself go. It’s up to you. Sit and deteriorate, or move and improve your health. Life is motion. Move and feel better.
You don’t have to spend hours exercising. In fact, exercise should be spread over the day, not concentrated. Current thinking says you should get up and move for ten minutes every hour. That’s easier said than done. I find that I forget, but I do try to do that. Just get up once an hour and walk in place. Swivel away from your computer, or desk, and do something physical. Keep weights nearby and do curls for five or ten minutes. Then go back to work. In the next hour, stand up and stretch. Do knee bends. Again, do it for five to ten minutes and then go back to work. The next hour, get and walk or jog in place. You could do the same thing each time, if you wanted to, but variety will keep you from getting bored.
Writing doesn’t have to be a sedentary occupation. Moving around can help you figure out solutions to problems in addition to improving your health. So sit down and write, but don’t forget to get up and move. Your body, your mind and your writing will thank you for it.