The Writer’s Workout

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(c) Pablo Romero – Woman Runner Painting

As writers, we may be writing blog posts, articles, stories, schoolwork, research papers, or sales reports constantly, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay glued to our desks all day. Writing may be a sedentary activity that ties us to a desk most of the time, but at the same time it can offer us plenty of opportunities to be active, and often, even give us the rare benefit of a flexible schedule into which we can easily integrate exercising. In between writing sessions, as well as before and after them, we should make an effort to stay active.

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The Writer’s Diet

Woman eating

Athletes have healthy diets, and so should writers. Writing well gets easier when our belly is healthy and our brain and body are both well oiled. There’s a growing body of research that suggests we have a “second brain” in our gut, that the bacteria in there contributes a great deal to our physical and mental health, and that if it’s not taken care of, our whole body suffers. As writers, we should take that into account.

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It’s Okay to Be Sad

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Often, we are sad precisely because we don’t want to be sad, or suffer because we don’t want to suffer. We want to feel good, but we always stumble along the way, or else find out that what we achieve or attain isn’t what we hoped it would be. And we suffer, and we grow sad. But what happens if we reserve some space for sadness and suffering in our life? What if we don’t try to chase them away with positive thinking or a hopeful attitude but beckon to them to come nearer, that we may understand them better?

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