The Healthy Writer

Freelance-Zone Editor, Catherine L. Tully
Freelance-Zone Editor, Catherine L. Tully

by Catherine L. Tully

Hello fellow writers and freelance pros.

February is a month dedicated to health–specifically heart health, so today is just a reminder to get the blood pumping.

In a career where you spend 90% of your time sitting, this can be quite the challenge. I know from experience. But I also know that getting the circulation going is good for the body–and just as key–good for the brain.

Ask yourself, what do you do in a day that is physical? Do you take the time out to go for a brisk walk? Do you hit the gym at the end of hours of writing to take a step class? If your answer to getting physical is a big “goose-egg”, it may be time to get something going…

If you haven’t been active at all, it can be a good idea to see your doc and get checked out prior to starting a fitness program. Just to be on the safe side. Plus, you can get a cholesterol test done and see where you are at there too.

Many people benefit from signing up with a personal trainer for a few sessions to get started. This can help you set up a program that works for your needs, and motivate you through the “starting period”. Some people enjoy working out with a partner, others like group exercise classes. If you tend to be a loner, you may want to start with swimming as it’s easy on the body and a great solo activity.

I know it can be difficult to get (or stay) motivated when it comes to exercise. But in order to keep doing what we are doing, health is of the utmost importance. And now is as good a time as any to get going.

Do you have any tips for other writers in terms of getting a bit of exercise? We’d love to hear them!