Writer’s! Don’t Forget To Exercise!

Exercise is important even as a writer. Having a job where you spend most of the time sitting in front of a computer means you have a fairly sedentary life. It is very important to keep moving. Not a lot of people know this but there are health risks to sitting. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, there is a 125% increased risk of having a heart event. Not to mention you will gain weight like crazy. So it is important to get moving. Not only is it important for your health but it can be important for your eye sight and thought process.

Eye strain is often the reason writers need glasses. Staring at a screen in focus for long periods of time actually, weakens the eye’s ability to focus. Think of it as atrophy. If you are not using a part of your body the body will begin to degenerate that piece for more vital and important parts. This is what happens to eyes when they are allowed to be at too much rest.

So when you are writing be sure to take a 15-minute break to stretch and flex and move around every hour or so. Also be sure to at least get yourself 40 minutes of exercise a day. Personally, I attempt to get in an hour of walking at some time in the day. Not only will it keep you healthy but it will also assist with coming up with new ideas. When you are walking you are left to entertain yourself by thinking.

As a writer, I am sure most of you think about your stories the majority of the time. This is a great method for inventing the next scene and having it come together. So next time you are sitting for a large amount of time keep in mind your health and remember to move.

 

Mayo Clinic (What Are The Risks Of Sitting Too Much): http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sitting/faq-20058005

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