Keeping Fit as a Writer

Summer is here and my college classes don’t start back until August. The sun is out, the water is warm… And I’m inside, all day, every day, writing and editing. That’s the life of a writer and so be it, but all of this sitting around and writing isn’t good for my health. So, I’ve come up with some ways to stay fit and healthy while you write to your heart’s content.

Yes. I have a track suit. I’m not proud of it.

    When I get in a major writing mood and I have little to no awareness of my body’s needs, I always keep a small bowl of fruit or a salad nearby. I’ll munch on it throughout the day or just until I get done and can fix myself something to eat. It will keep me from starving myself and I’m not eating a huge, unhealthy meal. Much healthier and it will keep your energy up. More energy = Better thought process. Better thought process = Better writing. This will help your body and your writing.
    If you just want to be active and get some toning-time in for those wonderful writer abs, then I’d invest in a treadmill or go to a gym. While I run, I listen to music with a notebook resting on the front panel. If something strikes me, I can pause it and jot a note down before I get back to my run. If you want to go OUT and run, invest in a small notebook instead and keep it in the waistband of your pants (or in the pocket, but I hardly ever wear anything with pockets for whatever reason). When you think of something, you can stop and jot it down. You’ll be able to have rest breaks and keep productive as far as your writing goes.
    As much as I don’t want to admit it, you need to have a good source of Vitamin D coming in through natural sunlight. I’m pale as a ghost and proud, but I find myself growing lethargic if I go long enough without natural sunlight. With plenty of sunscreen, go out and relax with a book. As a writer, I tend to neglect the fact that I started off as a reader. Support your fellow authors and read their books. It’ll rest your brain from all your hard work and provide a nice escape for a while. You’ll be refreshed and ready to start back on your own writing after you get back in your little batcave. Also, you may learn something from someone’s writing. Grammar gets better from reading. So, sun and grammar. Great combo for my fellow writers.

Not the most exciting read, and I’m far from any professional as far as health and wellness is concerned, but I thought I could share my little process for all those who are in need of a way to incorporate a healthier lifestyle with their writer lifestyle. I hope I helped, and if you have anything to add then please let me know! I’d love to read it and even add it to my list (with proper credit of course). Comment!

Thanks for reading!



One thought on “Keeping Fit as a Writer

  1. I thought this was a great article! I find myself constantly trying to balance exercise and writing. They’re both my two great passions, and I’d hate for one to sacrifice for the other. Good tips. And it’s great to know that other people struggle with the same balance!


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