Let’s Get Physical!

April 7, 2011 by in category Blogs tagged as , , with 2 and 0
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Let’s Get Moving!

by Charlotte Carter

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 can’t be too swift on a body either.)

Wrist and elbow problems, and carpal tunnel, are as frequent as typos for writers.

The spine — all those discs and vertebra — 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 you’ve heard of the condition called ‘piano player’s spread.’ Same problem for writers.)

And then there’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. That’s a great way to let your brain toy with your latest plot idea or characters.

I’m a member of Curves, the 30-minute women’s exercise program. I haven’t lost a lot of weight, and I’m a long way from being buff, but it does give me a chance to talk to ‘real’ people, in contrast to those talkative characters who inhabit my brain.

So, writers, let’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.
What do you do to keep physically active?
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  • Anonymous
    on April 7, 2011

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

    Happy peddling.

  • Anonymous
    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!

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