Today I’m going to go a tad off the writing tangent- however-it does tie in ;).
Today I’m rambling about the importance of being a HEALTHY writer. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not. Not yet anyway :). I have health issues and am about 50 pounds overweight. At 47, problems are only going to get worse, not better, so I need to start the good fight now.
I’ve started going back to the gym.
I’m a morning person, but even for me getting up at 5am to go down to the gym before work ain’t a lot of fun. But this month I’ve been trudging down there, doing my warm up, lifting my weights, stretching, and heading home to shower and change before work every other day. And I actually am starting to feel better. Us women folk especially tend to under-estimate the benefits of weight training. Especially as we get older, we REALLY need it though. Muscle loss is a serious problem, along with bone thinning- muscle mass helps your bones too ;). So every other morning, like it or not, raining or not- I’m off at my 24 Hour Fitness shoving the pins on the weight machines around and trying to at least slow down the whole aging process.
And here’s why all of you should be with me :).
1) Writing is sedentary. Even if you’re like me and have a day job, chances are you’re not out stomping around somewhere- most likely your Gluttious maximus is in a seat all day. Our bodies aren’t designed for that. Human bodies ned to move or we stop working.
2) When the body is happy (aka being used ;)) the MIND is happy :). The mind/body connection is important and we need both to be healthy to do our jobs. A fit body (or fitter-LOL) will keep the brain chunking along through all the writing/editing/swearing we have to do as writers.
3) You get to people watch some VERY interesting people. So while you’re stimulating your body, you’re observing how people move, talk, work out (or in some cases, don’t work out ;)). Major and minor characters pop into my mind as I'm working out.
Now, I’m using the example of going to a gym, but going to a mall for a walk, or lake or park- and lifting cans of soup at home works too. The brain will work better when the body is up to snuff- so get out there and DO something! Your characters will thank you :).