Lately I’ve been getting the same message—KEEP MOVING. Yesterday I read an article in the RWA (Romance Writers’ of America) magazine that suggested we writers need to take breaks (about every half hour) to keep from getting back pain (or keep it from getting worse).
Then today, on the NBC morning show they had a segment on the value of exercise. What they stressed was a person didn’t need to devote a half hour to exercise, that short bursts of energy were as beneficial (and sometimes better). They gave the usual suggestions: stop looking for that parking spot near the door, park farther away and walk (or run) to the building; take the stairs. Run up the stairs.
Ha! If I ran up the stairs, I wouldn’t be preventing a heart attack, I’d be causing one.
Whether I run or not, I agree with both concepts. I love going to yoga class, but I’m not one to spend an hour in the gym working out or a half hour at home doing exercises. I prefer expending energy on things like gardening, riding my bike, or walking the dog. But there are things I can do for short periods of time that expend energy. Instead of leisurely walking to the mail box, I could do a fast walk. A series of five sun salutations wouldn’t take long and should get my heart beating faster. Pumping harder/faster on my bike will get me places quicker and will burn more calories.
I’m willing to do these things for a short time, and evidently that’s all it takes.
And why not get up and walk away from the computer every half hour or so? Maybe I’d like to keep working while the ideas are flowing, but is it worth it if later in the day I’m in so much pain I can’t stand to sit there any longer? In the long run, am I slowing my overall output?
So my advice is: take breaks and during those breaks do something that will get your heart pumping, if only for a minute or two.
By the way, multi-published, award winning author, Nancy Gideon has a similar topic on her blog today. Give it a read. http://midmichiganrwa.org/when-writing-becomes-a-literal-pain-in-the-neck/
And finally…recently we lost a wonderful writer/editor/publisher. I don’t know what caused Linda Kichline’s stroke and death. Did she spend too many hours poring over manuscripts? Suffer too much stress in this very competitive industry? Maybe. What I do know is she died too young.