Physical Exercise Helps Writers Write

I think its great to take a break from writing, now and then- not to be used as an excuse for slacking off though!

But sometimes we can get caught up in the wolrd of words and forget to get out and live. Living life adds to the quality of our writing; bringing new insights and ideas.

So today, I thought my blog could take a break from the normal routine of writing too.

How do you start your day? Do you crawl out of bed feeling tired and unmotivated, do you go for a run or do other exercise, do you have children to organise for school? I’d love to hear about it!

Sometimes I wake at 5am (as I’ve mentioned in a previous blog) and go for a walk/run (the ‘slash’ is because sometimes I walk all the way, quickly though, and sometimes I actually break into a run; I’m sure, at this point, somebody has taken over my body, that I’m not the one in control. I fear I will trip over and cascade all the way down the hill, returning home battered and bruised.

But I don’t somehow I manage to stay on my feet; heart rate raised as the world whizzes past me (not at lightning speed, but at a good steady pace)

Apparently this (the walking slash running) is the best way to exercise.

So; walk to start with, a good warming-up kind of walk, then quicken the pace. When you feel ready (now, don’t cheat!) start a gentle run; so the body can get used to it, warming up to it slowly, for about 100m if that feels comfortable. Then slow to a fast walk. You should be able to feel your heart working a little hard.

Then as you feel you have your breath back, pick up the pace into a run again.

You can push yourself a little at this point; run a little further this time- to that next letter box further on.

Then slow to a walk again. Repeat.

This a great way to keep the heart rate up, without passing out from lack of oxygen or crippling your self as your legs turn to jelly underneath you!

Working the physical body gives the mind a rest. You return to your desk with a different mind set.

This should take about 30-45 minutes, depending on level of fitness and how much time you have to exercise.

Home, shower, and back to the world of words!


About juliehyndman

Writing, poetry, art and life in general
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7 Responses to Physical Exercise Helps Writers Write

  1. Nate Shenk says:

    Definitely agree with the “take a break” thing…I’m all into writing breaks lol. When they go a little longer than 3 days, I usually start to worry, but short breaks are great! I don’t have any children, I just got done with college, but I have enough trouble getting myself organized let alone kids! Maybe one day.

    P.S. Have a great week! 😀

    • allpoetryandcreativewriting says:

      Hi Nate, Yes, I think we get so caught up in our writing, and then ‘organising’ ourselves goes out the window. Does that come with be a writer, or do we become writers because we can let things go?

  2. Lisa says:

    Breaks are so important, yet I can get so tired up in my work it seems to take a lower priority. I am working on that one though.

  3. Kylie says:

    So true Julie and so well said!!!! If you write too much and don;t live life your writing becomes stale. I love writing but if I don;t get out my world narrows and my writing gets boring.

    Well expressed and thanks for sharing!

    Kylie xx

  4. Celena says:

    Exercise to take a break and clear the mind is so important. Having just started up two new websites – businesses – I have been head down, and my exercise to date has been to the kettle in the kitchen or the letterbox….now the bulk is over, I need yes to schedule in exerisie time again.
    Love your style of writing Julie 🙂
    Cheers Celena

  5. Yep, too true Kylie!! Experience equals writing, otherwise what are you going to write about?!!

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