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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!

Writers: Get Active

weightsby Catherine L. Tully

I know. You probably won’t want to see this. But as a writer, you really do need to read on. Unless you plan some activity into your lifestyle, chances are good that the weight will creep up on you, and, eventually, your health will start to suffer. The New Year is as good a time as any to add a little exercise to your routine.

If you don’t own some hand weights (see left), why not get a pair? They are a great tool that you can use when you are taking a break between queries. Find some stretching exercises and bookmark them on the internet. Plan to take walking breaks–and then stick to it. If you can loop some activity into your day and start making it a part of your writing routine, you’ll be feeling better all the way around. Do it now. You’ll thank yourself down the line. I guarantee it.

Time For Activity

Copyright 2005, Catherine L. Tully
Copyright 2005, Catherine L. Tully

by Catherine L. Tully

Yes…this is more ranting about how you need to get physical activity into your day as a writer. Here are four easy ways to add some:

1. Walk to the mailbox every time you need to mail something. Even if it is six blocks away. And yes, even if it’s raining. Bring an umbrella.

2. Pace while on the phone when possible. I know this won’t work for an interview, but for all other calls, walk the carpet.

3. Hang an index card on the wall above your computer that says, “stomach”. Every time you read it, sit up straight and tighten your stomach muscles for a count of 30.

4. Use a timer to keep yourself from sitting at the computer too long. Set it for half-hour increments and walk around for a few minutes when it goes off.

These are just a few simple tips that will keep you from toiling away at your desk for hours on end with no physical activity. Do what you can!

Writing And Exercise



Let’s face it–writing and exercise don’t exactly go hand-in-hand. One means you are moving your body around and sweating, while the other involves sitting and moving your fingers around on a keyboard. It can be really difficult to get enough physical activity when you are trying to write for a living. Still…not getting any exercise means an unhealthy lifestyle…and probably a few unwanted pounds as well. The good news? You don’t have to relegate yourself to a sedentary life if you want to be a writer. Here are some tips to help you get moving:

  • Start slow. If you haven’t been doing anything, don’t get out and jog for a half hour the first week. Begin by doing a few stretches or taking a five-minute walk before lunch. There is no law that says you have to do anything quickly, and it can be just as unhealthy to tax your body before it’s ready. If you have been inactive for a long time, you might even want to get a checkup before getting started with an exercise program. Just to be on the safe side.
  • Begin with something you like. Do you dig yoga? Invest in a DVD and do ten minutes before you sit down to write for the day. Like lifting weights? Get a small set of hand weights and stash them by your desk so you can take mini-breaks and do some curls. If you start out with something you enjoy, it won’t feel like such a chore.
  • Run some errands on foot. If you have to go the grocery store and pick up dinner, walk or take your bike if you can. Need to buy stamps? Hoof it. Every time you leave your car at home, you are saving money and getting exercise.
  • Take advantage of breaks. You have to eat and use the restroom during the day, so build in a little exercise before or after. Use the bathroom on the second floor so you can climb the stairs. Walk to the mailbox after you eat and mail that query.
  • Team up. If you have a friend nearby, schedule a walk together, or take a class at a nearby health club.

The best part about getting more exercise is that it has a tendency to jump-start your brain as well. Get the blood moving and your mind will engage better. Get yourself going–you’ll be glad you did!