Everyone knows we feel better overall if we eat healthy foods and exercise. Or as Chuck Wendig said somewhere, we would do well to treat ourselves better than we would treat a bathroom at Wendy’s.
Turns out there’s a reason for that advice.
I’ve been admittedly lazy the past several months. For a little while I was making donations to the gym rather than utilizing my membership, and the only exercise I got was the short walk to and from school to drop off/pick up my kids. I’d go to a class here and there, but nothing regular like I once did, when…let me just say I liked what I had going on. I wish I had a better reason for the break than “I don’t wanna.”
My most recent hiatus ended after a particularly crappy crappy weekend. I wasn’t feeling good about myself, and I thought maybe a trip to the gym was in order. The morning I considered this, a message from a friend was waiting for me on my phone – go work out! You’ll feel better. Because endorphins. Since I was already thinking of going, I took the message as a sign.
Know what? It worked. I went to an hour-long weight class, and since I hadn’t been in a while I was sore for the next couple of days, but the next week, after a few more classes (I like weights and a MMA class), I was hardly sore at all. And my mood improved. And my writing picked up. I started eating better. After the MMA class today, I was asking myself why I stopped, because I love it.
Side note: if you ever want to feel like a badass, learn how to roundhouse kick someone in the head, especially if they’re significantly taller than you.
So I thought, since many of us here are writers (though non-writers are certainly welcome to play), we could share what we do to keep from turning into a pile of unwashed writer mush. It doesn’t have to just be about exercise – think nutrition, socialization, or other creative outlets (like I goof around on the piano occasionally). Let’s hear what you’ve got in the comment section.
Alternately, if you don’t leave your house or…you know, move, maybe you’ll get some ideas here. Maintaining the temple = more productive writer.