Non-writers have no idea how physically demanding being a full-time writer can be.
What? Do I hear you laughing? Not so fast.
Give some thought to what happens to a body when it spends eight or ten or more hours per day in a sitting position. (Granted, I have writer friends who sit curled up in a big easy chair with a laptop all day, but that canâ€™t be too swift on a body either.)
Wrist and elbow problems, and carpal tunnel, are as frequent as typos for writers.
The spine â€” all those discs and vertebra â€” can turn on their owner, resulting in serious orthopaedic problems.
Knees and hips are joints that are meant to move, not remain immobile for hours on end. (I assume youâ€™ve heard of the condition called â€˜piano playerâ€™s spread.â€™ Same problem for writers.)
And then thereâ€™s the foggy brain syndrome which is a result of hours of being sedentary and no blood reaching the brain.
Writers have to get up and MOVE! Deadline or not. MOVE!
Some folks have home gym equipment like a treadmill. (Please note: Treadmills are only effective if used regularly, not left sitting in a corner.)
Some writers take walks. Thatâ€™s a great way to let your brain toy with your latest plot idea or characters.
Iâ€™m a member of Curves, the 30-minute womenâ€™s exercise program. I havenâ€™t lost a lot of weight, and Iâ€™m a long way from being buff, but it does give me a chance to talk to â€˜realâ€™ people, in contrast to those talkative characters who inhabit my brain.
So, writers, letâ€™s get moving!
Readers, we authors want you to stay in shape, too. We want you to enjoy our books for a very long time.
Good for you, Meika. With the price of gas these days, you may find any number of reasons to use your bike.
Happy peddling. Char…..
on April 7, 2011
More and more I realize that writing is taking a toll on me — not just mentally, either. My ever-expanding waistline will attest to that. But I'm buying a bike this weekend and I plan on riding every single day, so hopefully that helps!