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!
Good for you, Meika. With the price of gas these days, you may find any number of reasons to use your bike.
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!
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