National Novel Writing Month, am I right?
I wish all of you writers seeking to destroy, nay annihilate, that NaNo Monster one word at a time, the very best. You got this. If you want this. I’m right there with you.
But this post I would like to share something that indeed has much to do with the fact that we sit for long periods of time, doing what we love to do. Writing. I speak of the fact that we writers, again, for periods of time that vary greatly in length are in a stationary position 100% of the that time. We also tend to drink coffee-duh-sodas and as many of you say nosh on various good, e.g, candy, popcorn, Mr. Goodbar’s…sheesh I’m getting hungry just typing about it.
These are symptoms. The diagnoses? Writers.
The problem with all of this and the lack of movement due to hopefully daily writing sessions is well we neglect our bodies. So in short I would like to share with you all some simple things we can all do and benefit from. Some take a little more effort than others, but they are all worth it.
Reps-repetitions, the number of times you lift, squeeze, curl, etc.
Sets-the number of combined reps in a given exercise. Example: Do five crunches, two times. Five reps, two sets.
Try these exercises and don’t forget to breathe!
- Seated, squeeze your stomach tight and hold it for ten seconds. Five if ten is too much to start. You can repeat this three times up to ten or more if you’re up for the challenge.
- Standing, lift your feet off the ground, keeping your toes on the ground. That’s right: calf raises. Lift five times for one set. Repeat three times, again, you can always increase the number of reps.
- Crunches or sit-ups-ten crunches/sit-ups two or three times.
- “Wall”-ups-a variant of the push-up. Lean, standing against the wall closest to your computer a.k.a. Writer’s Cave and place your hands shoulder width apart. Push away from the wall three times for two or three sets. For an even greater challenge, move your hands in closer together or further apart.
- Drop it, drop it, low low, drop it, drop it, low low. Dips. Dip down. 5 to 10 times for two to three reps.
- Take a hike. A brisk walk at a steady pace for a minimum of 30 minutes works wonders for your health, including of course your heart-and your writing. Ideas will come flying at you. Prove me wrong.
- Pen rotation. Holding your trusty pen i hand, rotate your arms clock-wise 15-30 times. Reverse the rotation. Repeat for a truly gripping experience.
- Writer’s Block Destruction. Stand feet aligned with your shoulders, left foot, in my case, slightly in front of the other with hands in front of you. Punch the invisible block in front of you with a steady fluid movement. Repeat with the opposite hand. You got it. Boxing. Do this for a minimum of ten minutes.
These are what I like to call beginner’s moves, but they can be challenging on their own. Remember you can always up the reps or sets for a greater exercise session.
With writing like we do and the holidays coming up we are a double risk for weight gain and bouts of depression for it. We don’t have to though. These simple steps can and will make a difference if they are done. As in writing, nothing gets written without putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboards. So get to it.
Never forget to play your favorite music while doing so. The louder the better. But at the risk of angering some ear docs, keep it reasonable. And of course don’t do anything if it hurts and always try to get a partner to participate these exercises with you.
You can do this. These are simple yet effective. If already have a regimen pull it out of the box and begin. :}
In Part II I’ll get around to Writin’ Moves That Will Burn.
I guess I should also note I’m not “trained” in phys ed. I’m self-trained and exercise w o r k s. In the end it’s about what we do or not do. It’s on us.