Writing is a sedentary job, and it often comes with a fridge or snack cupboard handy. As writers, we want to keep fit, not only so we don’t have to buy new clothes or worry about obesity-related diseases, but fit bodies also keep our brains active.
Here are some possibilities for while you write.
Sitting too much? Then how about standing up while you work on the computer? You may put in long hours, and standing that long might be a problem. Something like this adjustable workstation will fit the bill, as it’s easy to adjust it from sitting to standing and back again. Of course, if you have a laptop instead of a desktop computer, it’s even easier. Take your laptop to the kitchen counter or a shelf you’ve put up at just the right height for a change of pace. Standing uses up more calories than sitting and keeps your blood flowing.
You’d rather sit? Me, too! Sitting on an exercise ball (they come in various sizes for different heights of people and tables) keeps your core muscles working even when you’re not thinking about it. If you find it difficult to balance for long periods of time, switch it out with your desk chair or get the ball chair.
Standing is better than sitting, but walking or running is even better! I know several people who routinely use a treadmill laptop desk something like the one shown here. They do a brisk running workout for 30 minutes, perhaps while listening to a podcast or e-book. Then they slow it to a brisk walk while they check email and read blogs. Then they slow it even more while actually writing their novel! Just think, you can actually spend hours a day writing a book and get more fit while you do it! If you already have a treadmill, there are a variety of ways you might be able to add a shelf. Amazon has many options, or just get creative.
- Treadmill desks, exercise balls, standing desks—many ways for writers to keep fit while working! click to tweet
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OR, keep your exercise and your work separate! Go for a jog or a bike ride while thinking through the next plot point in your story. Buy a piece of exercise equipment for when the weather isn’t as good—and then use it for more than a clothes horse.
The Thane Total Flex is my go-to for a 30-40 minute workout. I love it because it folds up to very little space, which is a premium in my tiny home, and because the workouts target various parts of the body. It’s also very easy to switch from one type of exercise to the next, or to increase tension for a tougher workout. It comes with a workout DVD, and does NOT come with the Thane Total Flex Performance Fitness Accessory Package, but it should. I’m very glad I have the accessory pack as it definitely expands the range of available workouts.
What about you? How are you keeping your body moving so you don’t suffer from Sedentaryitis?