Fitness Tips for Writers

Mar
2009
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Writers all share the basic goal of trying to keep their butts in their chairs long enough to produce paying work. Sitting for long hours does not leave much time for exercise, and you may notice that your hips are a bit broader than they were a few months ago. In this article we will look at some creative ways that writers can raise their level of fitness even as they improve themselves as writers.

1. Make Fitness a Priority

You know that you should exercise, but who’s got the time? With so many other things competing for your attention, it’s easy to let your workout routine slip. But over time the poor habits that you have developed will begin to affect your health. Excess weight is one of the leading risk factors in several diseases. As you get older it seems like the weight just creeps up by itself. You will be amazed at how much better losing just five pounds will make you feel.

Making fitness a priority means that you must make a commitment to get healthy and stay healthy. If it feels like something you ‘should’ do, then you might avoid it. Decide it’s something you want to do, and then find a way to make it fun.

• Write about health and fitness topics. As you research the right eating and fitness plan that works for you, write an article about them. This will not only increase your knowledge on the topic, but put some cash in your pocket as well.

• If there truly are not enough hours in your day, consider getting up an hour earlier and do your workouts then.

2. Establish Healthy Eating Habits
Clear your cabinets of the junky snacks, high fat, salt and sugary products that have contributed to your weight gain. Buy more fresh fruits and vegetables; whole grains and lean meats. Drink more water and less sugary sodas and coffee. Visit the American Heart Association web site to get lots of information and free resources about planning a healthy diet.

3. Schedule in Exercise Breaks

Establish a Writing schedule that allows you to take a couple of breaks during the day for a walk, or whatever form of exercise that you choose. Your goal is to raise your heart rate and work up a bit of a sweat for at least 30 minutes each day–longer whenever you can. Visit webmd.com to find free information about finding the right exercise and fitness plans that suit your age, state of health and current fitness level.

• Get a portable media player and download some good music, podcasts about writing, or whatever topic interests you. This way you can broaden your knowledge while you build up your body.

• Keep a set of free weights near your work chair. Occasionally stop for a few moments and do a few repetitions and then get back to work.

• Try a few different yoga asanas that you can do without even getting up from your chair.

4. Set Realistic Goals
Set goals that you can achieve so that you will not get discouraged and quit when it becomes clear that you are not losing five lbs. per week. About a pound per week is realistic if you stick to a plan and are disciplined about exercise and fitness.

Integrate your writing goals with your fitness goals. You could reward yourself for completing a chapter by purchasing some new running shoes.

5. Create an Incentive
Aside from feeling healthier, and having more energy and clarity (not to mention looking better in your clothes) you need to create an incentive that will motivate you to reach your goal. Maybe a trip to an exotic location, a new outfit, a new golf club–this is a personal decision that only you can make. Choose something that will motivate you to get up earlier and stick to your plan.

6. Find a Partner
Finding a workout buddy will help keep you both motivated to stay with your exercise plan. You can encourage one another, support one another on the bad days, and challenge one another to push yourself that much farther.

7. Reward Your Progress
Build in small rewards as you begin to see progress towards your goals. Celebrate these small victories to energize yourself to keep pushing forward. Before you know it you will be looking and feeling healthy and full of boundless energy. Envision how good your new body will look when you are at your next book signing, or speaking engagement.

Finally, make sure that you maintain these new habits that you have established and you will live a healthier more satisfying and more productive life.

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